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Cardinals end skid, hang on against Pittsburgh

9:17 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Louisville head coach Rick Pitino called it a must win.

In the span of two weeks, his squad has gone from holding the No. 1 ranking to being on the verge of its longest losing streak in nearly nine years.

The 12th-ranked Cardinals had to sweat it out, but they're back in the win column following a 64-61 triumph over Pittsburgh.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak. Louisville hadn't dropped four in a row since Feb. 12-25, 2004, and hadn't lost four straight Big East tilts since joining the league in 2005-06.

Russ Smith netted 20 points to lead the Cardinals (17-4, 5-3 Big East), who played without starting forward Wayne Blackshear as he missed the contest with a right shoulder sprain.

Tray Woodall tallied 14 points for the Panthers (17-5, 5-4), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

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