Houston scored 6 points the last 8 minutes. That was more than enough to set UC on a 12-1 run to take control of the game. The Bearcats did what they do to people. They locked Houston down when it mattered most while scoring key buckets. Ge'Lawn Guyn nailed a pair of 3s late in the game as an example. The game wasn't really dramatic because you expected Cincinnati to do what they do. Plus, Houston isn't very good and executed late in the game like teams with bad records do. They got away from the offense that was winning them the game, they turned the ball over, they settled for long shots.
Houston is not very good but you sure would have been fooled watching the first 32 minutes. The Cougars shot better than 50% for the game. They averaged 1.12 points per possession, the most UC has given up at home in over a year. It was not the best defense. It was a fine example of playing a team worse than you and being better than them.
Cincinnati's offense picked it up as the game came to a conclusion. UC shot 51%. Sean Kilpatrick went the hell off for 28 points on 9 of 18, 3 of 6, 8 of 9. He had 6 assists and 4 rebounds to boot. I don't care what the awards say, he can play on my team every damn day of the week. Love you, SK.
Sean Kilpatrick and Justin Jackson each stepped into history. Kilpatrick played his 132nd consecutive game, the most in UC history. Kilpatrick scored 500 points for the third straight year. The only other two Bearcats with three 500 point seasons are the Big O and Danny Fortson.
Justin Jackson blocked his 200th career shot. He is the 5th Bearcat to accomplish this feat. He joins Kenyon Martin, Eric Hicks and Jason Maxiell.
Mark Staudigel was one of three people to get very close to the score in the twitter competition. I asked all three for their thoughts about the game. Mark wrote back first. Take it away.
"The Bearcats bounced back from their loss last Saturday by taking it out on another team from the state of Texas. It was not the prettiest of games to watch in the first half with Houston jumping to early leads but once again, this team made the adjustments needed to get the double digit win.
There was one thing about this game that has me excited the most. It was not that Kilpatrick had another great game by scoring 28 points. It was not Jackson's two dunks that are going to put him on SportCenter's Top 10 Plays once again. It was the fact that this game was officially a sellout. 13,176 fans came to Fifth Third Arena to watch a game against Houston! This fact is what makes this season like no other and it has me excited for what this team can do in the AAC and NCAA tournament. GO BEARCATS!"
Here's the box from SCACC Hoops.
7-5 UH 14-13 UH
6-2 UC 19-16 UC
9-2 UH 25-21 UH
8-3 UC 29-28 UC
Cincinnati 29 Houston 28 - HALFTIME
14-10 UH 42-39 UH
6-5 UH 48-44
9-6 UC 54-53
6-4 UC 59-58 UC
15-3 UC 73-62
Cincinnati 73 Houston 62 - FINAL