Bearcats Big-Game Dominates in 91-63 Exhibition Victory vs. Indiana SE

Nov. 9, 2010

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CINCINNATI – Senior forward Ibrahima Thomas and junior forward Yancy Gates guided the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team to an easy 91-63 victory over Indiana University Southeast in exhibition on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Arena, despite a sizzling 34 points from the Grenadiers’ Jazzmar Ferguson. Thomas led all UC scorers with 21 points while Gates finished with 20 and Dion Dixon and Cashmere Wright had 15 and 10 points, respectively.


It was a tale of two playing styles as Cincinnati connected on its first seven attempts inside the 3-point line and IUSE scored 15 of its 28 points in the half from long range. The Bearcats dominated in the paint, finishing the game with 54 of its points in the paint to 16 points in the paint for the Grenadiers. UC scored 23 second chance points and out-rebounded IUSE, 66-30.

Had tonight’s game been a regulation contest, several records would have fallen, including: most rebounds for the Bearcats in head coach Mick Cronin’s era (66 tonight, 54 two other times); a career-high for Thomas in points (19 at Texas as a member of Oklahoma State’s team), assists (2), field goal percent (80); a career-high in points and rebounds for Anthony McClain (8); and Gates’ seventh career double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds). It also would have matched a Fifth Third Arena record for three-pointers made by an opponent (7 by Ferguson).

Cincinnati got the first points of the evening and its first 3-pointer of the night when JaQuon Parker connected from downtown after eight tries by the Bearcats. Parker’s triple was part of a 15-3 run over a 5:06 stretch that began in the 15th minute and started with a Gates throw-down on a fast break.

The Grenadiers put a stop to the run but Thomas had back-to-back dunks, sparking a 7-2 spurt that gave UC a 15-point advantage, 34-19, with 4:36 on the clock in the first half. Thomas was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor before missing a jumper at 3:20. He finished the first half with 18 points, more than he scored in a game last season.

A 9-1 run gave the Bearcats its largest lead of the first half, 43-23, with 2:12 left. In the final two minutes Dixon showed his hops, slamming two dunks as Cincinnati went into the locker room with a 47-28 advantage. Justin Jackson made the most of his first half time on the court, playing five minutes and scoring two points, grabbing five boards, handing out an assist and ripping a steal.

In the second half, UC used multiple surges to take 28-point leads, hitting its biggest lead, 89-59, with 3:54 left in the game after Anthony McClain scored four straight points for the Bearcats. Ferguson and the Grenadiers continued to launch three-pointers in the second half, finishing with 11.

Jackson ended with four points, six rebounds, two assists and one block in 15 minutes. Thomas pulled down eight boards and Sean Kilpatrick dished out four assists and had two blocks in 17 minutes.

Cincinnati will play next on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. against Mount St. Mary’s in its regular-season opener at Fifth Third Arena.