Postgame Notes: Villanova
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2011-12 UC MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
Jan. 9, 2012

Cincinnati (14-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) 82, Villanova (8-10, 1-5 BIG EAST) 78
Game 18 ▪ Fifth Third Arena ▪ Cincinnati, Ohio ▪ Att: 10,255

STARTERS

  • Cincinnati: 1 Cashmere Wright (G), 3 Dion Dixon (G), 5 Justin Jackson (F), 23 Sean Kilpatrick (G), 34 Yancy Gates (F)
  • Villanova: 2 Maalik Wayns (G), 13 Mouphtaou Yarou (C), 22 JayVaughn Pinkston (F), 23 Dominic Cheek (G), 24 Achraf Yacoubou (G)

    LEADERS

  • Cincinnati: Dixon (22 pts., 3 reb., 3 ast.) | Gates (16 pts., 10 reb.) | Kilpatrick (14 pts.) | Wright (11 pts., 5 ast., 6 stl.)
  • Villanova: Wayns (39 pts., 13 rebs., 6 ast.) | Cheek (19 pts.)

    TEAM NOTES

  • UC is 303-66 all-time (.821) in Fifth Third Arena, now in its 23rd season.
  • The Bearcats have won nine of 10 games.
  • UC has won nine of the last 11 BIG EAST contests dating to the 2010-11 season.
  • The Bearcats are 4-1 in conference play for the first time since joining the league in 2005-06.
  • Cincinnati is now 2-6 all-time against Villanova, snapping a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats.
  • UC trailed 45-40 at the half.
  • The Bearcats tied a school record with just three turnovers (vs. Ohio State on 3/25/61 [NCAA Championship], vs. Louisville on 1/24/85, and vs. Boston on 3/15/02 [NCAA Tournament]).
  • UC had four players in double figures for the first time since the Radford game (Dec. 17): Dixon (22), Gates (16), Kilpatrick (14) and Wright (11).
  • The Bearcats forced 17 turnovers and have forced 177 over the last 10 games (17.7 per game).
  • UC entered the game ranked ninth nationally in turnover margin (+4.6). They were +14 today.
  • Cincinnati has hit 103 three-pointers over the last 10 games (10.3 per game) after knocking down 43 triples through the first eight games of the season (5.4 per game).
  • UC shot 19-of-27 from the free throw line. The 19 made free throws are a season high and the most since knocking down 26 against USF on 3/9/11 (BIG EAST Tournament).
  • Cincinnati led the BIG EAST Conference, allowing 59.6 points per game in 2010-11. The Bearcats are allowing an average of 58.8 points through 18 games this season, which is second in the league.
  • Maalik Wayns set a Fifth Third Arena opponent scoring record with 39 points (37 by Jermaine Guise, 11/17/93).

    INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Dion Dixon matched a season-high, set last game at Georgetown, with 22 points. It marks his third 20-point outing of the season and the sixth of his career. He has scored in double figures in all but two contests in 2011-12 and has 55 career double-fgure scoring efforts. He tied a season-high with four three-pointers and has 44 points in the last two games. He moved into a tie for 43rd on UC's scoring list with 1,053 career points.
  • Yancy Gates moved into sole possession of 23rd place on UC's all-time scoring list after scoring 16 points with nine rebounds. He has 1,255 career points.
  • Sean Kilpatrick scored 14 points, his 16th double-figure scoring game of the season the 33rd of his career. He hit two three-pointers and has made a three-pointer in 17 straight games (2.9 per game during that span).
  • Cashmere Wright scored 11 points, his first double-figure effort in six games. He tallied a career-high six steals and posted five assists to just two turnovers.
  • Jaquon Parker scored seven points off the bench, including 1-of-2 from three-point range. He is shooting .577 (15-of-28) from three-point land this season.
  • Justin Jackson made the start and scored eight points, his largest output since scoring 11 against Chicago State on 12/23. He added three rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals.

    NEXT GAME

  • The Bearcats hit the road for a BIG EAST contest at Connecticut on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Tipoff is 7 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.