But the Jaspers never gave an inch, even though they were outsized at every position.
Louisville led by as many as eight in the first half, but Manhattan wouldn't go away.
The Jaspers came out of the locker room and made a flurry of shots, taking the ball repeatedly to the rim and then tying the game at 35 on Beamon's jumper with 17:25 remaining. They took their first lead a few seconds later on Andujar's up-and-under drive around Harrell.
Louisville went right back in front but never could get any breathing room.
And without those huge shots from Smith and Hancock, the Cards might be headed home.
"I thought we played well for about 39, 38 minutes," Masiello said. "That's what happens when you play great teams. You give them that one opportunity, they make you pay. That's why this team is a defending national champion and top five in the country."
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