Good win yesterday. Cincinnati is 15-2 and 4-0 in the conference, giving all Bearcats fans some good vibes this Sunday morning. Below are some recaps of the game from around the Internet.
The Bearcats hit seven of their first 10 shots, but went 2-for-11 over the rest of the half. UC got to the free-throw line 20 times, making 15, tripling up the Scarlet Knights, who were 5-of-9 from the line early. Rutgers was out running on the fast break, holding a 12-0 margin in the half.
The Scarlet Knights stuck with the Bearcats for the first half, entering halftime only down 34-32, but poor second-half shooting doomed Rutgers in the 20-point loss. Cincinnati initially jumped out to an 8-4 lead, but that early four-point buffer was the most either team could muster in a first half where the teams traded leads eight times.
Sean Kilpatrick leads the AAC with 18.5 points per game, but his outside shot has been off-target, forcing him to rely on layups and free throws. He scored 16 points — nine of them on free throws — while going 3 of 13 from the field and 1 of 10 from beyond the arc.
The difference makers in this game wound up being Shaquille Thomas and Troy Caupain. Troy wasn’t his usual sure handed self, committing 4 turnovers without an assist. But he countered with 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting, including 2 of 3 from deep. Caupain is getting better and better playing off the ball, which opens up some interesting possibilities for the offense moving forward.
After struggling to contain Rutgers’ transition game in the first half, UC held the Scarlet Knights without a field goal in the final 11:45 in the second half and received 16 points from Sean Kilpatrick to turn back the Scarlet Knights, 71-51, Saturday before 10,872 fans, the largest crowd of the season at Fifth Third Arena.
The Bearcats hit 31-40 from the free throw line. Shaquille Thomas ended the game with a big dunk. It was the only exciting thing to happen the entire game.