Cincinnati Falls to West Virginia, 66-55|
Jan. 29, 2011
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati point guard Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 24 points, but it was not enough as West Virginia snapped the Bearcats' 13-game home winning streak, 66-55, Saturday night before a capacity crowd of 13,176 at Fifth Third Arena.
The Bearcats (18-4, 5-4 BIG EAST) forced converted 14 West Virginia turnovers in 17 points, but could not overcome a 35 percent (21-60) shooting night from the floor, including an 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) performance from behind the arc.
West Virginia (14-6, 5-3 BIG EAST) got 16 points each from John Flowers and Joe Mazzulla to lead the Mountaineers. WVU also held a 42-30 advantage on the glass and converted 15 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.
Down three, 13-10, with 12:14 left in the opening stanza, the Bearcats went on a 13-4 run to take a six-point advantage, 23-17, with 6:11 left in the half. From there, WVU closed out the half with a 16-4 run of its own to take a six-point lead, 33-27 into the locker room at halftime.
UC used a pair of threes from Wright that paced an 11-4 run over the first five minutes of the second half, giving UC a 38-37 advantage with 15:24 remaining.
WVU's Joe Mazzulla scored the next three points on free throws, giving WVU a 40-38 lead with 13:46 left.
A three pointer by Sean Kilpatrick with 11:24 remaining pulled the Bearcats within one, 42-41. UC went the next 7:13 without a field goal, going 0-for-9 from the field. During that span the Mountaineers put the game away with a 15-5 run to lead 57-46 with 4:11 remaining.
UC will be back in action Feb. 5 at Pittsburgh. The game will tipoff at 6 p.m. ET and be televised on the BIG EAST Network.