Russ Smith scored 23 points and Peyton Siva added 10 points and 10 assists as No. 2 Louisville pulled away from Manhattan for a season-opening 79-51 victory on Sunday.
Chane Behanan had nine rebounds and eight points for the Cardinals as they won their ninth straight opener.
The Cardinals won despite continuing woes with their 3-point shooting. They went 8 for 30, with Smith making 4 of 13.
Siva, the Most Outstanding Player in last season's Big East Conference tournament, matched his career high in assists while recording only his second double-double.
Rhamel Brown had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Manhattan and Michael Alverado added 13. George Beamon, the Jaspers' top scorer, did not play after injuring his ankle in practice on Friday.
The school played for the first time since the 2002-03 season. This was the first time Jaspers coach Steve Masiello coached against Louisville, where he was an assistant under Rick Pitino from 2005-11.
''That was some homecoming,'' Masiello jo...