FORT WORTH — Texas Christian Coach Neil Dougherty didn't want to talk about the significance of his first victory over a top 25 team. He was just proud of how his team played.
"I don't know if ranked or unranked means as much to me as how our kids performed against a very good Louisville team," Dougherty said. "It was good to see that. It was good for me to see how they enjoyed competing with that team."
But the Horned Frogs didn't just beat No. 10 Louisville on Tuesday night. They embarrassed Coach Rick Pitino's struggling Cardinals, 71-46.
Corey Santee scored 20 points for the Horned Frogs, who improved to 10-12 overall and 6-5 in Conference USA.
Texas Christian's last victory over a ranked team was 102-88 over No. 20 Fresno State two years ago at home when Billy Tubbs was the coach. The last victory over a top 10 team was 14 years ago against No. 8 Arkansas.
"This is the best win so far for our team," said senior guard Nucleus Smith, who had 17 points.
The Cardinals (17-5, 7-4), with their lowest point total in three seasons under Pitino, lost for the fourth time in five games since a 16-game winning streak.
Texas Christian had a 0-9 record against top 25 teams under Dougherty.