ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz breathed a big sigh of relief. His top-seeded Cardinals clamped down on defense again and now they’re headed to the Elite Eight.

“We knew coming into this it was going to be hard-fought game,” Walz said after his Cardinals defeated No. 4 seed Oregon State 61-44 in the Albany Regional semifinals on Friday night. “We did a really, really good job of preparation and our players were confident in what we had gone over. That’s half the battle. It gives you a good sense of calm.”

Sam Fuehring and Asia Durr each had 17 points for the Cardinals, who held the Beavers to 2-of-22 shooting from beyond the arc, 0 for 5 in the decisive third quarter.

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