Postgame Notes - Cincinnati 65, SMU 57

Jan. 1, 2014

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Cincinnati (12-2, 1-0 American) 65, SMU (10-3, 0-1 American) 57
January 1, 2014 // Fifth Third Arena // Cincinnati, Ohio // Attendance: 7,239

Series Notes
  • The Bearcats have now won three of four meetings with the Mustangs.
  • This was the first meeting between Cincinnati and SMU since a 106-74 Bearcat victory in UC's Armory Field House on January 15, 1975. 
  • It was the inaugural game in the American Athletic Conference for both teams. The American is UC's sixth league since joining the Missouri Valley in 1957-58.
  • Since 1990, UC is 21-3 in conference openers. The Bearcats were 6-2 for opening games in the BIG EAST Conference, including wins each of the last four seasons.
  • Cincinnati has won its inaugural game in all six conference homes since winning its first Missouri Valley game in 1957-58.
Team Notes
  • Head coach Mick Cronin used the starting lineup of Ge'Lawn Guyn (G), Sean Kilpatrick (G), Shaquille Thomas (F), Titus Rubles (F) and Justin Jackson (F) for the 13th time in 13 games.
  • After falling down 4-0 early, the Bearcats used a 9-0 run over just less than four minutes to take the lead, 9-4, with 14:49 left in the first half. It was the 19th run of at least 8-0 on the year for UC. 
  • The Mustangs responded with a 12-0 run to take a 18-12 lead with over eight minutes left in the opening half. That was just the sixth time on the year UC allowed the opponent a run of 8-0 or better.
  • Cincinnati then answered with a 12-0 run in just over three minutes to take a 26-22 lead with 2:52 until the half. The second run of at least 8-0 in the game was also the Bearcats' 20th such run of the season.
  • The Bearcats carried a 32-30 lead into the locker room. With the 65-57 win, they improved to 9-0 on the year when leading at the break. UC is also now 2-0 on Wednesdays this season.
  • The victory moved UC to 13-0 at home on the year, matching the longest home winning streak under Cronin. The Bearcats also won their first 13 home games in the 2010-11 season, while putting together a 13-game win streak from Feb. 4-Dec. 12, 2012.
  • With SMU out-shooting UC from the floor, 45.1-percent to 36.5-percent, it marked just the fourth time in 13 games the Bearcats did not post a better field goal percentage than their opponent. The victory improved Cincinnati to 2-2 when the opponent posts a higher percentage from the floor. 
Individual Notes
  • With 13 points, Kilpatrick now totals 1,705 for his career. The senior is currently seventh all-time in scoring at UC and tonight became just  the seventh player in program history to eclipse 1,700 career points.
  • Kilpatrick played in his 120th consecutive game versus the Mustangs. He is nine games from cracking the program's top-10 in games played and stands third in consecutive games played.
  • With five blocks today, Jackson stands fourth all-time at Cincinnati with 165 in his career. He will likely finish his career fourth in that category, as third is Jason Maxiell with 252 career blocks. The five blocks today were also matched his season high, accomplished against Campbell. Jackson has five blocks in both of UC's Wednesday contests.
  • Jackson's five steals were a career best. He twice had four steals in a game, most recently on Dec. 21 versus Middle Tennessee.
  • During UC's current five-game winning streak, Jackson is averaging a double-double with 15.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, along with 3.8 blocks and 2.4 steals per game. He has won the last two American Athletic Conference Player of the Week Awards for his effort.
  • Jermaine Sanders was 2-of-3 from three-point range in the game. He has now hit nine of his last 15 from beyond the arc for a percentage of 60.0.
  • Sanders scored 10 points for his third double-figure game of the year and second time in the last three games. Over the last four contests, the junior is averaging 9.75 points per game
  • Thomas scored 10 points for his fourth double-figure scoring game of the season, including six points from the foul line. He has taken at least seven foul shots in two of the last three games.