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Timothy D. Easley, Associated Press
Louisville's Gorgui Dieng, center, attempts a shot through the defensive pressure of Connecticut's Alex Oriakhi, left, and DeAndre Daniels during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 in Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gorgui Dieng returned from a sprained right ankle to score 15 points and freshman Chane Behanan added 12 rebounds as No. 24 Louisville beat Connecticut 80-59 on Monday night, the Cardinals' fifth straight win.

Louisville (19-5, 7-4) is quickly ascending the Big East standings after a rough start. While most of the 31 credential NBA personnel were scouting the Huskies, it was the Cardinals who outworked them all evening.

Dieng was questionable after Saturday's injury in a win over Rutgers, but he clogged up the lane and kept Connecticut freshman Andre Drummond in check.

Freshman Ryan Boatright led the Huskies (15-8, 5-6) with 18 points. Drummond went scoreless, missing all six shots, and Jeremy Lamb finished with seven points, well short of his average of 17.6.

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun missed his second game on an indefinite medical leave of absence.