Jan. 1, 2012
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2011-12 UC MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
Jan. 1, 2012
Cincinnati (11-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) 66, No. 22/22 Pittsburgh (11-4, 0-2) 63
Game 14 ▪ Petersen Events Center ▪ Pittsburgh, Pa. ▪ Att: 12,508
Cincinnati: 1 Cashmere Wright (G), 3 Dion Dixon (G), 5 Justin Jackson (F), 23 Sean Kilpatrick (G), 44 Jaquon Parker (G)
Pittsburgh: 3 Cameron Wright (G), 11 Dante Taylor (F), 12 Ashton Gibbs (G), 21 Lamar Patterson (F), 35 Nasir Robinson (F)
Cincinnati: Kilpatrick (19 pts., 6 rebs) | Parker (21 pts., 7 rebs.) | Dixon (13 pts., 5 rebs.) | Wright (7 pts., 7 ast.)
Pittsburgh: Robinson (19 pts., 10 rebs.) | Gibbs (18 pts.) | Patterson (13 pts., 4 rebs.)
UC is 5-2 in BIG EAST openers, having won its last three.
UC has won six straight games.
Cincinnati is now 8-8 all-time against the Panthers. UC won for the first time in the Petersen Events Center and for the first time at Pittsburgh since Jan. 10, 1979 (78-75 in OT).
UC has won five straight BIG EAST road contests dating to the end of last season (2/8/11 at DePaul W, 71-68; 2/19/11 at Providence W, 93-81 (OT); 2/23/11 at Georgetown W, 58-46; 3/2/11 at Marquette W, 67-60).
The Bearcats' six-game winning streak is the longest since starting the 2010-11 season 15-0.
The win marked UC's first against a ranked opponent this season and the first since a 69-47 win against No. 17/17 Georgetown on March 5, 2011.
UC and Pitt were tied at the half, 31-31.
The Bearcats forced 17 turnovers and have forced 111 over the last six games (18.5 per game).
Cincinnati has hit 73 three-pointers over the last six games (12.2 per game) after knocking down 43 triples through the first eight games of the season (5.4 per game).
The Bearcats scored 0 bench points for the second consecutive game and the third time this season (vs. Oklahoma, 12/29; vs. Presbyterian, 11/19).
Cincinnati led the BIG EAST Conference, allowing 59.6 points per game in 2010-11. The Bearcats are allowing an average of 57.4 points through 14 games this season.
Jaquon Parker scored a career-high 21 points, his fourth double-digit scoring game of the season. Parker knocked down a career-best four three-pointers. He is averaging 13.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and is shooting .647 (11-of-17) from three-point range over the last six games.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points, his 12th straight double-figure scoring game and his 13th of the season. He was 5-of-11 from three-point range and has now hit on three or more threes seven times this season and 12 times in his career. He has made a three-pointer in 13 straight games (3.1 per game during that span).
Cashmere Wright scored seven points and dished out seven assists with one turnover. He has 62 assists and 14 turnovers over his last 10 games (4.4 assist/turnover).
Dion Dixon scored 13 points and has scored in double figures in 13 of the first 14 games of the season.
Justin Jackson scored six points with seven rebounds and blocked three shots, his sixth game of the season with three or more blocks.
UC returns to Fifth Third Arena for the BIG EAST home opener against Notre Dame on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.