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No. 10 Louisville holds off DePaul 79-58

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  • DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin, center, battles for a rebound with center Derrell Robertson Jr., left, and Louisville center Gorgui Dieng, of Senegal, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Louisville won 79-58. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

      DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin, center, battles for a rebound with center Derrell Robertson Jr., left, and Louisville center Gorgui Dieng, of Senegal, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Louisville won 79-58. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

 
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Russ Smith scored 17 points, Peyton Siva had 16 and No. 10 Louisville beat DePaul 79-58 on Wednesday night for its fourth consecutive victory.

Chane Behanan added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals (23-5, 11-4 Big East), who held the Blue Demons to 36 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Smith also had five assists and four steals.

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Louisville is unbeaten since it lost 104-101 in five overtimes at Notre Dame on Feb. 9 in the longest regular-season game in Big East history. With the victory over sliding DePaul, the Cardinals moved into a tie with Marquette for second place in the conference behind Georgetown.

Rick Pitino's team visits No. 12 Syracuse, and Notre Dame takes on Marquette in a big slate of games for the Big East on Saturday.

Brandon Young scored 22 points and Cleveland Melvin had 20 for the Blue Demons (11-17, 2-13), who have dropped three in a row and 12 of 13 overall.

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