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      82 / 60
      73 / 45

      Northern Iowa falls to Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament

      Russ Smith scored 16 points and No. 2 Louisville overcame a terrible offensive effort for a 51-46 victory over Northern Iowa on Thursday night in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

      The Cardinals had a bad first half, looked as if they straightened things out but then stumbled to the finish.

      Louisville (4-0) will face No. 13 Missouri in Friday night'ssemifinals. The Tigers beat Stanford 78-70.

      The Cardinals somehow held a 26-20 halftime lead despite shooting 27.0 percent from the field (10 of 37) and committing 10 turnovers.

      They held Northern Iowa (3-1) to one field goal over the opening 10:47 of the second half and that cut Louisville's lead 40-24.

      It was far from an easy ride to the finish as the Cardinals went 5:12 without scoring and suddenly the Panthers were chipping away.