Nov. 30, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Terrence Williams appears at full strength, but he couldn't do it all for Louisville this time.

A.J. Slaughter scored a career-high 27 points, helping Western Kentucky stun its in-state rival No. 3 Louisville, 68-54, on Sunday.

Steffphon Pettigrew had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Hilltoppers (3-2), who beat a top-three team for the first time in 40 years. The Hilltoppers beat Indiana, 110-98, in Diddle Arena on December 28, 1967.

Meanwhile, Louisville (2-1) wasted a huge effort from Williams, who is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the offseason. The do-everything senior forward had a season-high of 22 points and eight rebounds.

Williams was pretty much the entire offense for the Cardinals.

Talented freshman Samardo Samuels was held to just 10 points and Louisville shot just 28 percent (15-of-53) from the floor.

The Hilltoppers, who won the Sun Belt tournament and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament last season, took control with a 10-2 run midway through the second half.

Pettigrew capped the decisive run with a jumper that made it 49-40 with 8:01 to play.

Williams hit a 3-pointer to cut Louisville's deficit to 55-48 with 5:44 remaining, but Pettigrew answered with a jumper and Slaughter hit another to make it a seven-point lead with 3:35 left. The Cardinals never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Earl Clark had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Louisville, which was facing Western Kentucky for the first time in five years.