STORRS, Conn. -- Forward Montrezl Harrell scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half and guard Russ Smith added 18 of his 23 points in the second half as No. 18 Louisville defeated Connecticut 76-64 before a sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday night.

Smith was 11-for-13 from the free throw line in the second half andl finished with 13 rebounds to post his third double-double in the last four games.

Louisville (16-3, 5-1 American Athletic Conference) notched its third consecutive league victory since losing at home to Memphis on Jan. 9.

UConn (14-4, 2-3) was led by 30 points from guard Shabazz Napier, but the Huskies saw their three-game winning streak snapped as forward DeAndre Daniels got in early foul trouble and was limited to three points in 23 minutes.

The Huskies were outrebounded 45-30, allowing Louisville a 15-6 advantage in second-chance points

UConn scored the first six points of the second half and tied the score at 34 on a 3-pointer by Napier, who had 19 in the second half, with 18:37 left.

Louisville immediately responded with an 11-0 run, sparked by forward Luke Hancock (13 points).

A 3-pointer by Hancock ignited the run. Hancock added a three-point play with a reverse layup and a free throw after Ryan Boatright fouled him. Smith also contributed a three-point play with a basket and a Tyler Olander foul with 14:07 remaining.

UConn pulled within 45-38 on four free throws by Napier, but the Huskies fell apart when coach Kevin Ollie argued a no call, was assessed two technical fouls and was ejected with 13:02 remaining.

The Cardinals hit 5 of 8 free throw attempts in a four-second span and took control of the game with a 52-38 lead.

Forward Montrezl Harrell dominated the first half with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots while playing 19 minutes.

Harrell, who entered the game averaging 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds, and guard Terry Rozier combined for 11 rebounds as the Cardinals held a 21-14 advantage on the boards in the first half. That allowed Louisville to outscore the Huskies 11-2 on second-chance points.

Louisville led 12-11 when Harrell scored with 13:57 left in the first half and also drew the second foul on Daniels, UConn's second-leading scorer. Ollie brought Daniels to the bench and he didn't return the remainder of the half. Daniels was 1-for-4 from the field and had just three points and no rebounds in the first half.

Harrell hit the free throw for a three-point play that started a 9-2 Louisville run. When Hancock scored on a layup with 11:14 left, the Cardinals had extended their lead to 21-13.

UConn, led by guard Napier's 11 first-half points, crawled back within one on a guard Niels Giffey 3-pointer. But Harrell and forward Stephan Van Treese combined for Louisville's final seven points and a 34-28 halftime lead.

NOTES: G Chris Jones (muscle strain, right side) did not travel with the Cardinals to Storrs. Jones missed his second consecutive game. He did not play against Houston on Thursday. Louisville said it is unknown whether Jones can return Wednesday at USF. ... UConn G Ryan Boatright was in uniform for the Huskies. Boatright's cousin died earlier in the week in Aurora, Ill. He played Thursday night against Memphis, but there was speculation he might miss the Louisville game to attend funeral services for Arin Williams, who was killed Monday night. ... Swingman Lasan Kromah, a graduate student transfer from George Washington, made his fourth consecutive start for UConn.