Bearcats Roll to 87-58 victory over Cal State Bakersfield|
Jan. 6, 2010
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team used a 30-7 run midway through the first half and never looked back, knocking off Cal State Bakersfield 87-58, Wednesday in a non-conference tilt at Fifth Third Arena.
UC (11-4) got 56 points off the bench and held a 34-20 advantage on points in the paint. CSUB (2-12) is in its final year of a five-year process transitioning from NCAA Division II to Division I. If certified by the NCAA, Bakersfield will officially become a member of Division I in July, 2010.
Dion Dixon scored 13 points to lead a balanced Cincinnati attack while Ibrahima Thomas matched his season high with 11 points, and 12 of the 13 players who got on the court scored for the Bearcats. UC finished its nonconference schedule with nine wins in 12 games, including a 7-0 mark at home.
Trent Blakley, who came into the game leading the Roadrunners with an average of 14.9 points per game, scored all of his game-high 17 points in the second half. Santwon Latunde also found double figures, tallying 14 points along with a game-high nine rebounds.
Cincinnati never trailed after Anthony McLain, who set season highs with eight points and seven boards in the first half, scored on a putback to give the Bearcats a 6-4 lead with 17:47 left in the first. The Bearcats led by as many as 36 points before settling for a 50-16 halftime lead.
UC’s 50 first-half points are its most first-half points since scoring 51 points on Nov. 18, 2008 against Texas Southern. It is also the third most points scored in a half under head coach Mick Cronin. The Roadrunners 16 first-half points are the third fewest points scored in a half against the Bearcats in the Cronin era.
The Bearcats shot 32-of-62 from the floor (51.6 percent), including 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) from behind-the arc. CSUB was held to a 34.5 (19-for-55) shooting percentage, and a 6-for-15 (.400) clip from behind the arc.
A 16-6 spurt out of the half by the Roadrunners cut the UC lead to 24 points, 56-32, with 15:31 to play. That was as close as the visitors would get for the rest of the evening.
UC will play its next two games on the road, stepping back into BIG EAST Conference action to face Seton Hall on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. EST, and St. John’s in Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13. The Bearcats return to Fifth Third Arena on Jan. 16 at 4 p.m., facing Notre Dame on ESPNU.