Nov. 13, 2012
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CINCINNATI -- Redshirt junior guard Sean Kilpatrick (Yonkers, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep) scored a game-high 20 points as No. 24 University of Cincinnati defeated Mississippi Valley State 102-60 Tuesday evening at Fifth Third Arena.
Kilpatrick produced 13 of his 20 points in the second to lead a trio of Bearcats double-digit scorers. Senior guards JaQuon Parker (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and Cashmere Wright (Savannah, Ga./Urban Christian Academy) added 13 and 11, respectively.
The Bearcats shot 55 percent from the field for the game, including a blistering 67 percent in the second half.
Defensively, UC held the Delta Devils to 34.4 percent, including 29.4 percent in the first half, while out-rebounding MVSU 54-60 and blocking seven shots, led by senior center Cheikh Mbodj's (Dakar, Senegal/Grayson County (Texas) College) four swats. Mbodj, who totaled eight points and six rebounds, has eight blocks through the first two games of the season.
Kilpatrick and junior forward Justin Jackson (Cocoa Beach, Fla./Arlington Country Day) each totaled a game-high eight rebounds.
The Bearcats opened the second half with an 18-7 run that featured nine fast-break points from Kilpatrick; which extended their lead to 61-30 with 14:10 left in the game.
Cincinnati built a 20-point halftime lead, at 43-23, thanks to 11 points scored off seven MVSU turnovers and a solid defensive effort that held the Delta Devils to a 29.4 shooting percentage. The Bearcats produced five blocked shots, including three from Mbodj, and outrebounded MVSU 32-16 through the first 20 minutes.
Wright led all scorers with 11 points in the first half after shooting 4 for 8 from the field, including 3 for 6 from 3-point range. Wright has seven threes through two games.
Leading 17-10, UC used a 23-4 run, bookended by triples from Wright, over a 6:37 span to move its lead to 37-14 with 5:05 left in the first half.
Cincinnati next plays 2 p.m. Sunday at Fifth Third Arena against North Carolina State A&T as part of the Global Sports Invitational. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Ohio.