Cincinnati Routs St. Francis (Pa.), 94-58

Dec. 23, 2010


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CINCINNATI (AP) - Redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points in his first career start and the Cincinnati Bearcats extended their best start in seven seasons with a 94-58 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Thursday.

Yancy Gates and Larry Davis added 18 points each as Cincinnati extended its season-opening win streak to 12 games. The last time the Bearcats were 12-0 was the 2003-04 season, when they won their first 13 games.

Cincinnati's starting lineup included four players - guards Kilpatrick and Larry Davis and JaQuon Parker and center Anthony McClain - making their first start of the season, while senior forward Darnell Wilkes had started once. They opened up a 13-6 lead before the normal starters entered with 14:13 left in the first half and immediately produced a turnover and Dion Dixon's 17-foot jumper, sparking a 15-2 run that left the Bearcats leading 28-8 with 10:44 left in the half.

Cincinnati enjoyed its second-largest win of the season in its final game before opening Big East play with a home game Tuesday against DePaul. The Bearcats beat Georgia Southern by 45 points on Dec. 14.