Louisville Beats Wichita State, 72-68, — 2013 NCAA Final Four Scores
Louisville, the top-overall seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament, advanced to Monday’s national title game by rallying past Wichita State.
Louisville 72, Wichita State 68
Reserve Luke Hancock scored 20 points, including several crucial baskets late, and Louisville beat Wichita State, 72-68, in the Final Four of the 2013 NCAA tournament in Atlanta on Saturday. Russ Smith scored a team-high 21 points for the Cardinals, who advanced to play Michigan for the national championship on Monday night.
Louisville won its 15th straight game despite trailing by double-digits midway through the second half. Walk-on Tim Henderson buried two 3-point shots to kick-start the Cardinals’ rally. Louisville was cheered on by Kevin Ware, the guard who broke his leg during the regional final against Duke last Sunday. Ware took a spot next to the Cardinals’ bench for the duration of Saturday’s game.
Cleanthony Early scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Shockers, whose championship dreams fell one game short of reality.