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CINCINNATI -- Freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel scored a career-high 33 points Tuesday night and led a late comeback that swept Louisville to an 85-75 victory over second-seeded Xavier on the Musketeers' home court in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Cardinals (22-12) go to Spokane to play Gonzaga in a regional semifinal on Saturday.
Xavier (29-3) had no answer for Schimmel, who rallied the Cardinals from a seven-point deficit with 5:58 to go. It was a stunning loss for Xavier, which made it to the Elite Eight last season and had won 19 in a row with its dominating frontcourt duo of Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips.
The Musketeers had won 25 in a row at home, including a 12-point victory over Louisville in November.
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