March 2, 2013
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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI MEN'S BASKETBALL
2012-13 POSTGAME NOTES
Cincinnati: 61 (20-9, 8-8 BIG EAST); Connecticut: 56 (19-9, 9-7 BIG EAST)
March 2, 2013 // Fifth Third Arena // Cincinnati, Ohio // Attendance: 12,432
- The Huskies lead the overall series 8-4, including a 3-2 edge in games played in Cincinnati. UConn outlasted UC 73-66 in overtime on Feb. 21 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
- UC Starters: Cashmere Wright (G), Cheikh Mbodj (F), Titus Rubles (F), Sean Kilpatrick (G), JaQuon Parker (G).
- The win against UConn gave UC its 20th win of the season. The Bearcats have won at least 20 games for the past three seasons. The last time Cincinnati won at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons was in 2004-06 under Bob Huggins.
- UC opened the second half on a 6-0 run to jump ahead 30-29. The run lasted two minutes and 41 seconds and ended at the 16:27 mark of the first half. The Bearcats extended the run through the second half, outscoring the Huskies 27-10 to take a 51-29 lead.
- The Bearcats committed only eight turnovers throughout the game. It was the second time in as many games they have turned the ball over fewer than nine times (five at Notre Dame on Feb. 24).
- UC recorded 10 steals on the day, its most since tallying a school-record 23 against Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 6, 2012.
- The Bearcats finished the game with a 21-1 advantage in points off of turnovers. They also led the Huskies in second chance points (20-9), bench points (18-10) and fast break points (11-2).
- After UC opened its largest lead at 51-39 with 9:16 to play, UConn responded with an 11-2 run to pull to within three points at 53-50. Cincinnati outscored Connecticut 8-6 in the last three minutes and 31 seconds to close out the game. UC made its last eight free-throw attempts in the last 3:34 of the game, including four by Cashmere Wright, and two each by Cheikh Mbodj and Sean Kilpatrick.
- Sean Kilpatrick scored a team-high 20 points in the game. He has scored in double figures in 27 of 29 games this year and 73 games for his career.
- Kilpatrick now has 1,379 career points, putting him in 18th place on UC's career scoring chart. He needs six more points to tie Bobby Austin (1970-82) in 17th place with 1,385 points.
- Senior Cashmere Wright added one steal to his UC record. He sits atop the record book with 193 career steals.
- Wright scored 10 points in the game to give him 1,252 in his career. He currently sits in a tie for 26th place with Steve Collier (1975-78) and needs only four points to move into 25th place (1, 256 points).
- Wright recorded two assists for a career total of 468, which puts him in third place in the record book. He is 32 assists away from tying Eddie Lee (1976-80) in second place with 500.
- Wright also sits in third place with 134 career games played and is takes over sole possession of third place with 109 career games started.
- David Nyarsuk tied his season and career high with six rebounds. He has recorded four rebounds on three other occasions in his career.
Titus Rubles grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. He has led the Bearcats in rebounding in 11 games this season.
- The Bearcats will hit the road for their last regular-season road game on Mon., March 4 when they travel to No. 10 Louisville at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.