The Cincinnati Bearcats beat the Houston Cougars yesterday 73-62, extending their dominance over UH that has lasted since February 2nd, 1973. Below are some recaps of that UC win.
Houston is not very good but you sure would have been fooled watching the first 32 minutes. The Cougars shot better than 50% for the game. They averaged 1.12 points per possession, the most UC has given up at home in over a year. It was not the best defense. It was a fine example of playing a team worse than you and being better than them.
The handy thing for the Bearcats is that their alpha dog shows up game in, game out. Sean Kilpatrick did it again today, with his most efficient game of the conference season to date. He scored 28 points on 18 shots, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 6 assists with a single turnover. SK brought it, he just needs more help, and by help I mean Justin Jackson not picking up tons of stupid fouls.
The lead changed hands throughout, the last when Kilpatrick — who fell one point shy of matching his season highs — gave Cincinnati a 58-57 lead on a driving layup with 6:30 left. Jackson followed with a dunk and Guyn added back-to-back 3-pointers as Cincinnati ended the game with an 18-5 run.
Kilpatrick found Jackson on a give-and-go that Jackson slammed home to make the score 59-57 with 5:12 left, giving the Bearcats a lead they would not relinquish. Kilpatrick sank four free throws in the final 70 seconds and fed Jackson for another thunderous dunk that closed out the scoring for the Bearcats.
A rare Fifth Third Arena sellout crowd of 13,176 – the first since Feb. 23, 2012 vs. Louisville – watched a tense back-and-forth game that featured six ties and 23 lead changes before the Bearcats, behind 28 points from Sean Kilpatrick and two key 3-pointers from Ge’Lawn Guyn, took charge down the stretch to post a 73-62 victory.