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Temple Loses To No. 7 Louisville 88-66

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Mangok Mathiang #12 of the Louisville Cardinals defends against Dalton Pepper #32 of the Temple Owls during the first half of the game at KFC Yum! Center on February 27, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Mangok Mathiang #12 of the Louisville Cardinals defends against Dalton Pepper #32 of the Temple Owls during the first half of the game at KFC Yum! Center on February 27, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Russ Smith had 24 points, moving into ninth place on Louisville’s career scoring list, and the seventh-ranked Cardinals throttled Temple 88-66 on Thursday night.

Montrezl Harrell added 21 points and freshman Terry Rozier scored a career-high 19 as Louisville capped a perfect February with its seventh straight victory. The trio combined to shoot 25 of 34 from the field and nearly outscored Temple all by themselves.

Five days after drawing within a half-game of first-place Cincinnati with a road win over the Bearcats, the Cardinals (24-4, 13-2 American Athletic Conference) followed up by completing a season sweep of the outmanned Owls (7-20, 2-13).

Will Cummings scored 18 points and Quenton DeCosey added 17 for the Owls. Temple has lost 15 of 17 since New Year’s Day, including an eight-game losing streak to start 2014.

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