Illinois State Holds Off Cincinnati, 62-52|
Dec. 8, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Three Bearcats scored 11 points, leading a late-game comeback charge, but it wasn't enough as Cincinnati dropped its second straight decision, 62-52, at Illinois State Saturday night.
The Redbirds (6-3) held off a stiff Cincinnati rally late in the game after pulling ahead by as many as 19 points in the second half. The Bearcats (4-4) closed to within six points with less than two minutes to play before ISU senior guard Dom Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with 1:48 left to play to put the Redbirds up by nine.
The Redbirds led by as many as 16 points midway through the half and led at halftime 27-18.
ISU shot 41 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 28 percent for the Bearcats. Cincinnati finished the night 1-for-15 from 3-point range.
Both teams started slowly before the Redbirds quickened the pace, helped by 13 first-half points off the bench.
The Bearcats have a quick turnaround as they prepare for 75th meeting of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.