Bearcats Win Global Sports Classic Crown, 77-66|
Nov. 25, 2012
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Cashmere Wright made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead No. 22 Cincinnati to a 77-66 win over Oregon in the championship game of the Global Sports Classic on Saturday night.
The Bearcats (6-0) led by nine at the break but Oregon opened the second half with a 21-10 surge to move in front. Cincinnati eventually settled down and closed the game with a 25-12 stretch to secure the win.
One night after holding Iowa State to 37.3 percent shooting, the Bearcats held Oregon to 35.8 percent (19 of 53). Cincinnati wasn't much better, shooting 36.9 percent (24 of 65) from the floor, but made 11 of 24 3-point tries.
Carlos Emery led Oregon (5-1) with 15 points and nine rebounds. E.J. Singler added 11 points.
The Ducks held Cincinnati scoreless for 3 1/2 minutes early in the second half, just long enough to cut into the Bearcats' lead and get back into the game. An 8-0 run got Oregon within two, and Johnathan Lloyd's 3-pointer at the 13:27 mark trimmed Cincinnati's advantage to 47-46.
The Bearcats responded with five straight points to go back up by six, but then had to endure another 3 1/2-minute scoreless drought. Oregon took its first lead of the game when Dominic Artis stole the ball from Wright and fed Damyean Dotson for a fast-break layup that made it 54-52 with 7:40 left.
Cincinnati bounced back with an 11-0 run to grab control.
The Bearcats went 8 for 14 from 3-point range and led 42-33 at halftime. Wright scored 12 in the first half on four 3s, and Kilpatrick had 11 points at intermission.
Wright was the tournament's most valuable player while Kilpatrick was selected to the all-tournament team.