Feb. 12, 2013
CINCINNATI, OH - The Cincinnati Bearcats rode the scoring of their guards to a 68-50 victory over Villanova in a BIG EAST contest played here Tuesday night. The Wildcats are now 15-10 overall, 6-6 in conference action while Cincinnati improves to 19-6 overall, 7-5 BIG EAST.
Sean Kilpatrick led a long distance attack that drained 12 3-point goals on the night with 19 points while the Wildcats connected on just 3-of-13 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats were also harmed by a 28-15 run over the first 15 minutes of the second half orchestrated by the Bearcats.
Strong defense from both squads made scoring a challenge for both sides over the first eight minutes of play here Tuesday evening. Junior Tony Chennault came off the bench to give the Wildcats a boost, draining jumpers on consecutive possessions to help VU craft an 8-7 lead with 11:30 remaining in the first half.
In a contest where points were at a premium, the 3-point shot figured to play a meaningful role and the Bearcats sank the first four triples of the night to help establish a 21-14 lead with 5:16 to go in the first period.
But Kilpatrick sank two straight 3-pointers to extend the UC edge to 32-24 with 1:01 on the clock in the first half. The senior had missed his first five attempts from deep in the contest before heating up.
Villanova, though, scored the last five points of the half to trim its deficit to 32-29 at the break.
The Wildcats were 12-of-23 from the field at intermission but just 2-of-7 from distance. Cincinnati, meanwhile, connected on 11-of-29 from the floor but 6-of-16 from long range. Both teams collected 15 rebounds and VU held a 14-6 edge in points in the paint.
Kilpatrick paced UC with 10 points in the first 20 minutes while Pinkston led the way for the Wildcats with eight.
The early stages of the second half resembled the first as both teams battled to produce points. Jaquon Parker helped the Bearcats push their advantage up to 37-31 after 4:05 of the period had elapsed.
The lead grew to 42-33 after a Kilpatrick drive and free throw with 13:40 left.
Villanova's efforts to pull back within striking range, though, were frustrated by the Bearcats defense and more UC damage from beyond the 3-point arc. A long bomb from Kilpatrick with seven plus minutes remaining gave Cincinnati a 56-39 margin. That gave the guard 19 points on the evening.
Despite its best efforts, Villanova could not narrow the deficit to under double digits and Cincinnati had snapped its two-game losing streak.
The Wildcats are back on the road this Saturday when they visit Hartford to take on the University of Connecticut at noon. The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN and the radio broadcast can be heard on 1210 WPHT.