Manhattan Jaspers

Defending champs Louisville hold off Manhattan, 71-64

Defending champs Louisville hold off Manhattan, 71-64

ORLANDO, Fla. — Now everyone knows why Louisville coach Rick Pitino wanted nothing to do with Manhattan.

Luke Hancock hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 1:19 to help Louisville finally shake free from tenacious Manhattan, 71-64 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night.

The defending national champions were down 58-55 with less than 4 minutes remaining — getting outplayed for most of the second half — before coming alive from the 3-point line.

2014 NCAA tournament bracket

Silky smooth guard Russ Smith, who finished with 18 points, got things going...

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