No. 7 Cincinnati Battles Back to Defeat No. 22 UConn

Feb. 6, 2014

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  1ST 2ND F
Rutgers Recap Logo 31 27 58
Cincinnati Recap Logo 26 37 63

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Cincinnati, Ohio • Fifth Third Arena
Attendance: 12,432

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 TEAM STATISTICS Rutgers Recap Logo
  Points 63 58
  FG Made-Attempted 23-50 20-51
  FG Percentage 46.0 39.2
  3FG Made/Attempted 6-16 5-21
  3FG Percentage 37.5 23.8
  FT Made-Attempted 11-19 13-18
  FT Percentage 57.9 72.2
  Rebounds 32 29
  Turnovers 9 9
  Assists 15 6
  Steals 5 5
  Blocks 4 3
TEAM LEADERS Rutgers Recap Logo
Kilpatrick (26) Points Napier (16)
Kilpatrick (12) Rebounds Three tied (4)
Kilpatrick (6) Assists Napier (3)
Guyn (2)
Caupain (2)
Steals Kromah (2)
Jackson (2) Blocks Brimah (2)

The No. 7 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team overcame a five-point halftime deficit and knocked off No. 22 UConn in front of a raucous season-high crowd of 12,432 Thursday in American Athletic Conference action at Fifth Third Arena.

The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American) changed the momentum in the second half thanks to the efforts of seniors Justin Jackson (Cocoa Beach, Fla./Arlington Country Day) and Sean Kilpatrick (Yonkers, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep).

With 9:18 remaining and the Bearcats down 46-43, Jackson blocked Lasan Kromah's shot off the glass, sending it down the court where Kilpatrick grabbed it out of a scrum, dashed down the court and slammed it home. Jackson got into the offensive action on the next possession, slamming a putback off a miss to pull within one at 46-45. Jackson added another layup on UC's next possession to give UC its first lead since the opening five minutes of the game.

UConn (17-5, 5-4 American) added two free throws to retake the lead, 48-47 with 5:41 left. On UC's ensuing possession, Kilpatrick drained a three with the clock running down to give UC a 50-48 lead it would not relinquish.

The Huskies pulled it down to one, 59-58 after Shabazz Napier knocked down a three, but Jermaine Sanders (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Rice) and Kilpatrick each drained a pair of free throws to seal UC's 18th-straight home win, setting the arena record for most home wins to start a season with 16 this season.

Kilpatrick lead all players with 26 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. He drained five triples and dished out six assists.

Jackson finished with 15 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks, his 17th double-figure scoring game in 24 contests this season.

Napier led UConn with 16 points despite struggling to a 2-for-12 night from behind the arc. Kromah finished with 13 and Niels Giffey added 10.

UC trailed by as many as 10, 31-21, with 2:18 left in the opening stanza. The Bearcats closed the half on 5-0 run, to pull within 31-26 at the break.

After UC had grabbed an early 8-7 lead, UConn had a quick 6-0 run over about 90 seconds, putting UC in a 13-8 hole. UC pulled within two at 13-11 after a three by Kilpatrick, but the Huskies continued to chip away and built the 10-point margin, 31-21, with 2:18 left in the half.

The Bearcats hit the road for a Saturday-night matchup at sold out Moody Coliseum against the SMU Mustangs. The two teams squared off in Fifth Third Arena on New Year's Day with UC earning a 65-57 win. Since that game, SMU has won 7 of 10 games, including a six-game home winning streak. ESPNU and 700 WLW AM will provide live coverage.