UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI MEN'S BASKETBALL 2013-14 POSTGAME NOTES Cincinnati (3-0) 77, Appalachian State (0-3) 49 November 16, 2013 // Fifth Third Arena // Cincinnati, Ohio // Attendance: 6,194
This was the first meeting between the Bearcats and Mountaineers.
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.