LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- With Marquette's sharpshooter unable to play, Larry O'Bannon and Louisville put on a long range show of their own.
O'Bannon set career highs with six 3-pointers and 30 points as No. 12 Louisville routed Marquette, 99-52, in a Conference USA matchup.
The top 3-point shooting team in the conference, the Cardinals shot a season-high 17-of-30 from the arc - two shy of the school record for 3-pointers made. Louisville had 19 against South Florida in February 1, 2002.
Louisville, which captured its sixth straight win, improved to 11-0 this season when connecting on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. The Golden Eagles (14-5, 2-4 C-USA) entered the game with wins in their last three meetings here but became shorthanded when senior guard Travis Diener did not play due to a sprained left ankle. Diener is second in the conference in scoring with 20.2 points per game and is the school's all-time 3-point shooter with 272.
"Travis Diener has a recurring ankle injury that we are treating like a sprain," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "But I don't know exactly the nature of the injury. My heart goes out to him because he wants to play so badly. This is the first time the game has been taken away from him due to injury."
Being a true competitor, Louisville coach Rick Pitino was not happy that Diener did not play.
"We didn't know until late and of course it changes (everything)," Pitino said. "We were very disappointed that he didn't play. Travis has the ball in his hands about 50 percent of the time and they run some set and get to him at the end of their sets and it's a big blow for their team."
The Cardinals made two of their first three 3-pointers before O'Bannon took over. He hit all five of his attempts from the arc in the first half to push Louisville (17-3, 5-1) to a 43-30 lead at the break. O'Bannon added his sixth 3-pointer less than five minutes into the second half.
"Larry O'Bannon had a special night tonight and I'm really pleased for him," Pitino said. "He's the kind of kid that you envision this program being about. He's a great person, a player who improves and works hard each year and a good student. He exemplifies everything we're trying to build with our program."
Francisco Garcia led the Cardinals on a 17-0 run for a 71-45 lead with 12:41 remaining. Garcia scored eight points during the spurt, and finished with 14 and five assists.
Juan Palacios and Taquan Dean scored 12 points and Ellis Myles chipped in 7 and 12 rebounds for Louisville, which finished with 36 points scored off 23 turnovers by Marquette.
"We will go home and regroup and get ready to go to Saint Louis," said Crean, who fell to 6-2 in matchups against Pitino. "We will focus on the fact that we didn't meet the pass and we weren't strong with the ball and we didn't talk on the floor like we should."
Despite the numerous turnovers and the 21 percent (5-of-24) shooting in the second half, Crean gave the credit to Louisville.
"We didn't give them the game, they earned it," he said.
Todd Townsend scored 17 points and Marcus Jackson added eight and 12 rebounds for Marquette, which absorbed its third straight conference loss and fourth in its last five games.
With Diener out, the Louisville defense focused on second-leading scorer Dameon Mason, who had just six points before fouling out with 12:59 left.