Men's Basketball |
Jan. 2, 2012
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati sophomore guard Sean Kilpatrick has been named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week after averaging 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in wins over Oklahoma and at then-No. 22 Pittsburgh last week.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and made a game-high five three-pointers in helping UC pull off the upset at Pitt on Sunday. In the second stanza Kilpatrick made 5-of-11 field-goal attempts, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. He also contributed six rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Panthers. The win was UC’s first BIG EAST road win at Pitt and the first in Pittsburgh since 1979.
Kilpatrick registered his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in UC’s thrilling 56-55 comeback win over Oklahoma on Dec. 29 at US Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati. He made four three-pointers against the Sooners and scored 12 of Cincinnati’s 19 first-half points.
Kilpatrick enters the week leading the BIG EAST in three-pointers made (2.9) and is third in three-point shooting at 41.2 percent. The White Plains, N.Y. native is averaging a team-high 15.8 points on the season for the Bearcats (11-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) who have won six consecutive games.
Kilpatrick is the first Bearcat to win BIG EAST Player of the Week accolades since Deonta Vaughn earned the distinction on Jan. 14, 2008. Besides Kilpatrick and Vaughn, the only other Bearcat to claim the award was Eric Hicks on Jan. 9, 2006.
Kilpatrick was named to the 2010-11 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team after averaging 9.7 point, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 43.7 percent from the field (114-of-261) and 37.7 percent from three-point range (46-of-122) in 35 games.
UC plays host to Notre Dame on Wednesday at Fifth Third Arena starting at 7 p.m. ET.