Friday, March 22, 2013 — A Blackshear 3 — on an assist from Siva — with 9:56 left made it 25-8 and the rout was clearly under way.
After going without a field goal for 10 minutes and 26 seconds — between their first and second buckets of the contest — the Aggies got 3's from Adrian Powell and Jean Louisme.
The Cards countered with five steals in six A&T possessions, including back-to-back dunks by sophomore Chane Behanan and went up by as many as 21 at 38-17 and 40-19.
Some Louisville sloppiness toward the end of the half resulted in several easy A&T buckets as a 12-7 Aggie run got them within 47-31 at the break.
Louisville forced 13 first-half turnovers, including nine steals, and allowed the Aggies to get up only 21 shots.
A&T took advantage of some more careless Louisville play to pull within 54-37 after a Louisme layup, but Smith and Siva responded by putting together a 14-0 run, virtually by
A nifty move by Smith ended a 4-0 Aggie run, then the 6-foot junior's sixth steal led to his 16th and 17th points on a layup.
"If I didn't play defense, I wouldn't get on the court," Smith said. "That's something I had to evolve into. Our defense got us to the Final Four last year, so we just have to stay solid."
The Cardinals have won 11 straight games and 14 of their last 15.
Greg Mengelt is a reporter for the News and Tribune in Jeffersonville, Ind.