The momentum swing was sudden and violent.
At first glance, surging Northern Iowa is about to slice a 12-point deficit to four on a Wes Washpun transition dunk. Seconds later, the Louisville lead was eight again with less than four minutes to play because Wayne Blackshear came from nowhere to swat the dunk attempt and the ensuing Cardinals fast break resulted in a Montrezl Harrell lob dunk.
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That sequence proved to be the decisive blow in fourth-seeded Louisville's 66-53 victory over fifth-seeded Northern Iowa in a East Regional round of 32 game. The Cardinals ended the game on an 11-4 surge to dispatch of the Missouri Valley tournament champions and secure their place in a suddenly wide-open East Regional semifinals.
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