Cincinnati vs. Appalachian State Postgame Notes

Nov. 16, 2013

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Cincinnati (3-0) 77, Appalachian State (0-3) 49 
November 16, 2013 // Fifth Third Arena // Cincinnati, Ohio // Attendance: 6,194

Series Notes

  • This was the first meeting between the Bearcats and Mountaineers.

Team Notes

  • UC starters: Titus Rubles (F) Shaquille Thomas (F), Justin Jackson (F), Ge'Lawn Guyn (G), Sean Kilpatrick (G). The Bearcats have used the same starting lineup for all games this season.
  • The Bearcats held Appalachian State without a point for the first 4:15 of the contest, using a 9-0 run to start the game before UC was called for goal tending on a layup by the Mountaineers' Mike Neal. App State turned it over twice and was 0-9 from the floor over the first 4:15 before scoring. The opening run also saw four different Bearcats score.
  • After the Mountaineers closed the gap to two points, 13-11, with 12:02 left in the first half, UC responded with a 17-2 run over the next 5:18 to push the lead to 31-13.
  • At halftime, the Bearcats had held App State to 23.1 percent (9-39) from the field. After holding NC State to 26.7 percent (8-30) in the second half of its last contest, UC held opponents to 24.6 percent from the floor over a 40-minute stretch.
  • By holding App State to 49 points, the Bearcats have held their last nine opponents, dating back to last season, under 70 points. UC is 6-3 in those nine contests.
  • With opponents shooting just 30.3 percent from three-point range entering the game, UC kept up its strong three-point defense. The Mountaineers were just 3-for-14 from beyond the arc. For the season, the Bearcats are now holding opponents to 27.7 percent from three-point range on the season.
  • The Bearcats blocked eight App State shots in the game, led by four from Justin Jackson. UC now has 21 blocks in just three games on the season as they look to match last year's 240 blocks, which were the most in a season under Mick Cronin.
  • Five Bearcats scored in double figures, with Titus Rubles and Troy Caupain each scoring 13, while Sean Kilpatrick added 12 and Shaquille Thomas and Jermaine Sanders each had 10. It marked the first time UC had five players score at least 10 points since a trip to No. 18/19 Marquette on February 11, 2012. On that day, Dion Dixon (15 points), JaQuaon Parker (15), Cashmere Wright (14), Yancy Gates (11) and Justin Jackson (10) all hit the mark.

Individual Notes

  • Troy Caupain and Kevin Johnson both scored their first points as Bearcats.
  • Shaquille Thomas has a season-high 10 points and was just two shy of his career high (12 vs. Creighton in last year's NCAA Tournament).
  • Sean Kilpatrick had 12 points, giving him 1,499 for his career. Kilpatrick passed Robert Miller (1,498) and is now 13th all-time at UC.
  • It marked the 109th consecutive game played for Sean Kilpatrick, who is just three games behind Dwight Jones (112) for third on the UC consecutive games played list.
  • Justin Jackson had four blocks in the game, giving him 131 for his career. He is just 15 blocks shy of cracking UC's top-five in all-time blocks.
  • Zach Tobler, a freshman from nearby Fort Mitchell, Ky., saw his first action as a Bearcat.