March 3, 2012
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2011-12 UC MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
March 3, 2012
Cincinnati (22-9, 12-6 BIG EAST) 72, Villanova (12-18, 5-13 BIG EAST) 68
Game 31 ▪ The Pavilion ▪ Villanova, Pa. ▪ Att: 6,500
Cincinnati: 3 Dion Dixon (G), 5 Justin Jackson (F), 23 Sean Kilpatrick (G), 34 Yancy Gates (F), 44 Jaquon Parker (G)
Villanova: 2 Maalik Wayns (G), 13 Mouphtaou Yarou (F), 22 JayVaughn Pinkston (F), 23 Dominic Cheek (G), 25 Maurice Sutton (C)
Cincinnati: Gates (16 pts., 9 reb.) | Dixon (14 pts.) | Wright (9 pts., 5 reb., 6 ast., 7 stl.) | Kilpatrick (13 pts., 4 reb.) | Parker (11 pts., 4 reb.)
Villanova: Wayns (26 pts., 5 ast.) | Yarou (16 pts., 7 reb.) | Cheek (10 pts.)
UC has won 17 of the last 24 BIG EAST games.
Cincinnati trails the all-time series against Villanova, 6-3, but has won the last two against the Wildcats.
The win gives UC 12 conference victories for the first time since joining the BIG EAST prior to the 2005-06 season.
UC led 40-32 at halftime.
The Bearcats forced 10 turnovers and have forced 323 over the last 23 games (14.0 per game).
UC has forced 10 or more turnovers in 26 of 31 games this season.
The Bearcats committed just six turnovers and turned it over less than 10 times in 11 of 18 BIG EAST games.
Cincinnati knocked down seven three-pointers and has hit 187 three-pointers over the last 23 games (8.1 per game) after knocking down 43 triples through the first eight games of the season (5.4 per game).
The Bearcats have held 25 of 31 opponents under 70 points this season.
UC had four players in double figures (Gates, Dixon, Kilpatrick, Parker) for the second time in the last three games.
Cincinnati led the BIG EAST Conference, allowing 59.6 points per game in 2010-11. The Bearcats are allowing an average of 61.0 points through 31 games this season, which is fourth in the league.
Yancy Gates scored 16 points with nine rebounds, moving past Paul Hogue (1,391 pts.) for 15th on UC's all-time scoring list with 1,403 points. He moved past Kenyon Martin (869 reb.) and Danny Fortson (873 reb.) on UC's career rebounding list with 875 career caroms, good for 13th in school history.
Jaquon Parker scored 11 points, his 10th double-figure scoring effort of the season and his second straight.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 13 points and has knocked down a three-pointer in 29 of 31 games this season. He has hit a triple in 52 of his 66 career games and has scored in double-figures in 25 of 31 games this season.
Cashmere Wright scored nine points with five rebounds, six assists, zero turnovers, and a career-high seven steals. His seven steals are tied for third-most in a single game in school history and his 61 steals this season tie for fifth-most in single season school history. He has 92 assists and 36 turnovers over his last 21 games (2.6-to-1 assists-to-turnovers ratio).
Dion Dixon scored 14 points, having scored in double-figures in 26 of 31 games this season and 34 of his last 42 games dating to the 2011-2012 season.
The Bearcats will open the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 4 seed and play on Thursday at 2 p.m.