Men's Basketball |
March 13, 2013
Final Stats |
No. 9 Cincinnati 61, No. 8 Providence 44
Records: Cincinnati (22-10); Providence (17-14)
Cincinnati advances to face top-seeded Georgetown Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the BIG EAST Championship.
Cincinnati has won its first game in the BIG EAST Championship in each of the last four seasons. The Bearcats improved to 3-0 all-time in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship.
Cincinnati improved its all-time record in the BIG EAST Championship to 6-6.
The No. 9 seed has won its opening game in the BIG EAST Championship in each of the last four years.
Cincinnati has won six of its last nine games in the tournament.
Cincinnati's 61 points are the fewest in a Bearcat win in the BIG EAST Championship.
The Bearcats held Providence to 44 points and 28.1-percent field goal shooting - the best defensive totals by Cincinnati in a BIG EAST Championship game.
Cincinnati opened the game with a 13-2 run. Providence closed the first half with a 12-3 run.
Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 17 points. He has led the Bearcats in scoring 16 time this season. Kilpatrick has 554 points this season, tying Deonte Vaughn (554 points in 2008) for the most by a Bearcat in a season during the Mick Cronin coaching era.
JaQuon Parker produced his second career doubl-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Cashmere Wright tied former teammate Dion Dixon for the school record in career games played at 137. He moved into a tie for second with Dwight Jones (1980-83) in career starts. Deonta Vaughn (123 starts from 2007-10) leads all Bearcats.
Cheikh Mbodj had five blocks against Providence. His 85 blocks this season rank fourth in school history for a single season. It's the 12th time this season Mbodj has blocked four or more shots in a game. Mbodj finished with eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks against the Friars.
Shaquille Thomas scored five points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
Cincinnati improved to 22-1 this season when scoring 61 or more points. The Bearcats' only loss was a 73-66 overtime loss to Connecticut on Feb. 21.
Cincinnati's 199 blocks this season rank third in school history behind only the 2005 squad (226) and the 2000 unit (223).