LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -Jerry Smith scored a season-high 20 points and Terrence Williams had eight points, nine rebounds and four assists as No. 7 Louisville held off West Virginia 69-63 on Saturday.
Reserve freshman center Terrence Jennings added a career-high 13 points and two blocks for the Cardinals (17-3, 8-0 Big East), who have won nine straight heading into a showdown with No. 2 Connecticut on Monday.
Da'Sean Butler scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half for the Mountaineers (15-6, 4-4), who almost came all the way back from a 20-point halftime deficit.
West Virginia got as close as 63-59 with 2:16 remaining, but the Cardinals got the stops they needed to finish off a perfect January.

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