Jan. 28, 2012
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2011-12 UC MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
Jan. 28, 2012
Rutgers (12-10, 4-5 BIG EAST) 61, Cincinnati (15-7, 5-4 BIG EAST) 54
Game 22 ▪ Rutgers Athletic Center ▪ Piscataway, N.J. ▪ Att: 7,693
Cincinnati: 1 Cashmere Wright (G), 3 Dion Dixon (G), 5 Justin Jackson (F), 23 Sean Kilpatrick (G), 34 Yancy Gates (F)
Rutgers: 1 Jerome Seagears (G), 5 Eli Carter (G), 11 Dane Miller (F), 15 Derrick Randall (F), 55 Gilvydas Biruta (F)
Cincinnati: Dixon (17 pts.) | Gates (16 pts., 8 reb.) | Kilpatrick (11 pts.)
Rutgers: Carter (17 pts.) | Miller (10 pts., 12 reb.) | Mack (10 pts.)
The Bearcats have dropped three straight games for the first time since dropping the final three contests of the 2009-10 regular season (74-68 at West Virginia, 2/27/10; 77-73 vs. Villanova, 3/2/10; 74-47 at Georgetown, 3/6/10).
Cincinnati is now 12-4 all-time against Rutgers but had its five-game winning streak snapped.
UC trailed 27-23 at halftime.
The Bearcats forced 13 turnovers and have forced 217 over the last 14 games (15.5 per game).
UC has forced double-digit turnovers in 20 of 22 games this season.
Cincinnati turned it over a BIG EAST season-high 14 times at Rutgers and has lost the turnover margin battle in each of its last three games after winning it in each of its first six BIG EAST contests.
Cincinnati has hit 136 three-pointers over the last 14 games (9.7 per game) after knocking down 43 triples through the first eight games of the season (5.4 per game).
UC outrebounded Rutgers, 34-33, the first time it has outrebounded its opponent in the last 11 games and the seventh time it has outrebounded its opponent in 22 games this season.
Cincinnati led the BIG EAST Conference, allowing 59.6 points per game in 2010-11. The Bearcats are allowing an average of 60.1 points through 22 games this season, which is third in the league.
Yancy Gates was two rebounds shy of his fourth straight double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Dion Dixon scored 17 points and moved into 33rd place on UC's all-time scoring list with 1,099 career points. He passed James White (1,088), Bill Westerfeld (1,092), Ralph Davis (1,093), Herb Jones (1,097), and Dick Dallmer (1,098).
Sean Kilpatrick scored 11 points with three three-pointers. He has made a three-pointer in 21 straight games (2.9 per game during that span). He has knocked down a triple in 44 of his 57 career games.
Cashmere Wright dished out six assists with just two turnovers. He has 57 assists and 19 turnovers over his last 12 games (3.0/1 assist to turnover ratio).
Cheikh Mbodj tied his career high with seven rebounds (vs. St. John's, 1/7/12). He also tied a career best with two blocked shots (vs. St. John's, 1/7/12; vs. Villanova, 1/14/12).
The Bearcats return to Fifth Third Arena to take on DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 4. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on the BIG EAST Network (FOX Sports Ohio locally).