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Updated: Thursday, December 23, 2004 12:26 AM EST
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(18) Louisville 77, Austin Peay 49

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Taquan Dean scored 16 points and Ellis Myles had a strong game in his return to the lineup as No. 18 Louisville coasted to 77-49 victory over Austin Peay in the championship game of the Billy Minardi Classic.

Coming off Tuesday's 20-point effort in an 80-60 victory over IUPUI, Dean - a point guard - made all four of his shots from the arc.

Myles, one of the Cardinals' better inside players, missed Tuesday's game with a sore hamstring. The senior showed no ill effects from the injury, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Led by Myles, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday, the Cardinals held a commanding 43-22 rebounding advantage.

"This was a really good game for us and we had to have Ellis (Myles) play tonight because of the offense they (Austin Peay) run," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "We were afraid we were going to get in foul trouble."

Francisco Garcia and Larry O'Bannon each added 12 points for the Cardinals (8-2), which improved to 5-0 all time against the Governors.

Maurice Hampton and William Durden each scored eight points for Austin Peay (2-7), which shot just 30 percent (14-of-47).

Dean scored 10 points in the first half, helping the Cardinals to a 30-22 lead. They opened things up after intermission, when they shot 52 percent (14-of-27) while holding the Governors to 22 percent (5-of-23).

Myles made consecutive layups to open the second half to trigger an 11-3 surge that Dean capped with a 3-pointer with 16:25 remaining, giving the Cardinals a 41-25 bulge.

After Hampton made a shot from the arc with 12:24 remaining to pull the Governors within 45-33, the Cardinals responded with a 15-5 surge over the next 4:02 to put the game out of reach.

Louisville has won consecutive games since squandering a 16-point halftime lead in Saturday's 60-58 loss to Kentucky.

"I'm really proud of our guys because they've hung in there through all the tough breaks," Pitino said. "They didn't hang their heads after the tremendous defeat to Kentucky. They said, 'OK, let's turn the page and move on.'"

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