Postgame Notes - Cincinnati 69, Middle Tennessee 48

Dec. 21, 2013

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Cincinnati (9-2) 69, Middle Tennessee (8-4) 48
December 21, 2013 // Fifth Third Arena // Cincinnati, Ohio // Attendance: 5,424

Series Notes
  • UC now leads the series 3-0. The Bearcats won both previous meetings at Fifth Third Arena on Jan. 6, 1992, and Dec. 20, 2003.
Team Notes
  • Head coach Mick Cronin used the same starting five he did in the first 10 games of the year: Ge'Lawn Guyn (G), Sean Kilpatrick (G), Shaquille Thomas (F), Titus Rubles (F) and Justin Jackson (F).
  • UC held the visitors off the scoreboard for the first 4:32 of the game before Jaqwan Raymond connected for a three-pointer. 
  • The five made field goals the Bearcats held MTSU to in the first half marked the lowest total in a half for a UC opponent this season.
  • The Bearcats have won all three games this season in which the score was tied at the half. 
  • By holding MTSU to 48 points following a 44-43 win over Pittsburgh in their last outing, the Bearcats held consecutive opponents below the 50 point mark for the first time since the 2010-11 season. That year, UC posted a 54-41 win over Savannah State followed by a 63-34 victory over Dayton.
  • The win moves the Bearcats to 8-0 at Fifth Third Arena on the season. It marks the second straight year and third time in the last four years UC won its first eight home contests. The Bearcats are now 47-4 in their last 51 non-conference home games.
  • Cincinnati slowly began to pull away in the second half before utilizing a 10-0 run over 1:56 to lead 58-34 with 7:20 remaining in the game. It marked the 17th run of at least 8-0 for the Bearcats on the season.
  • UC has held its opponent below 50-percent from the field in all nine victories this season.
  • The Bearcats entered the game sixth nationally and first in the American Athletic Conference in scoring defense. In holding MTSU to 48 points, UC dropped it's average points allowed from 56.5 per game to 55.7.

Individual Notes
  • Finishing with 23 points, Kilpatrick now totals 1,650 for his career. That moves him into eighth all-time at UC, passing Louis Banks (1,644).
  • The 23 points matched a season high for Kilpatrick. He also scored 23 in the victory over Campbell on Nov. 20.
  • Jackson posted third double-double of the season and of his career, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The 12 rebounds matched a career high (12 vs. UMass Lowell on Nov. 26).
  • With four blocks, Jackson has now posted at least three rejections in eight of UC's 11 games on the year. For his career, Jackson now has 152 blocks, a total which is fifth in program history and just one behind Donald Little for fourth.
  • Troy Caupain's five rebounds matched a career best. The freshman also had five against USC Upstate on Dec. 2. He also dished out a team-best four assists, marking the second time this year he has led the team in helpers.
  • Rubles' four assists matched a season best (four vs. Campbell on Nov. 20). It marks the 10th time in his career the forward has led the team in assists.