Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

December 16, 2012

Bearcats avenge last year's loss to Marshall

CHARLESTON — Cashmere Wright scored 14 points and No. 11 Cincinnati overcame an off game from top scorer Sean Kilpatrick to beat Marshall 72-56 on Saturday.

Cincinnati improved to 10-0 for the second time in three seasons and the 10th time in school history.

Kilpatrick tied his season low with 13 points on 5 of 15 shooting while Justin Jackson scored 10 for the Bearcats. Kilpatrick overcame a poor first half to score nine points over the final eight minutes.

D.D. Scarver and Elijah Pittman scored 20 points apiece for Marshall (6-5).

Last year Marshall overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half and beat the Bearcats 73-69 in overtime in Cincinnati. DeAndre Kane made some key 3-pointers down the stretch in that game, but Marshall’s leading scorer wasn’t available on Saturday. He’s out indefinitely with a right hand injury.

Marshall committed 20 turnovers, made just 14 of 27 free throws and was outmuscled in the paint where it was outscored 40-16.

Cincinnati broke open a tight game with a 13-4 run midway through the second half.

Marshall’s Tamron Manning was called for an intentional foul to keep Shaquille Thomas from scoring on a fast break. Thomas made both free throws, Cincinnati got the ball back and Wright made three 3-pointers over the next 1:37 to give the Bearcats a 52-39 lead with 11:44 remaining.

Wright, who set a career high with six 3s in Cincinnati’s last game, a 92-60 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Dec. 8, had four against Marshall.

Scarver made a foul shot and hit a 3-pointer after missing the second free throw to give Marshall a brief spark, but Kilpatrick put the Bearcats ahead by double digits for good with a 3-pointer with 7:55 left.

An early screaming from coach Mick Cronin was all Cincinnati needed to turn around a slow start.

During a timeout, Cronin cussed and finger pointed in the huddle at his starting lineup, especially Kilpatrick, after Marshall hit three open 3-pointers.

Cincinnati responded with three baskets in a minute and never lost the lead again.



Jackson 5-6 0-0 10, Mbodj 4-4 1-3 9, Wright 5-13 0-0 14,  Kilpatrick 5-15 1-2 13, Parker 3-8 2-2 8, Rubles 0-5 2-2 2,  Thomas 3-4 2-4 8, Guyn 0-1 0-0 0, Sanders 2-5 0-0 4, Nyarsuk 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 29-64 8-13 72.


Tinnon 0-3 2-6 2, Pittman 6-9 6-8 20, Spikes 0-6 1-4 1,  Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Scarver 7-16 1-2 20, Goff 2-4 3-4 7, Hanner 1-1 1-2 3,  Boykins 0-0 0-1 0, Manning 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 17-43 14-27 56.

Halftime—Cincinnati 29-25. 3-Point Goals—Cincinnati 6-17 (Wright  4-7, Kilpatrick 2-8, Parker 0-1, Guyn 0-1), Marshall 8-12 (Scarver 5-7,  Pittman 2-4, Manning 1-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Cincinnati 40  (Rubles 8), Marshall 31 (Tinnon 7). Assists—Cincinnati 14 (Jackson,  Wright 3), Marshall 9 (Tinnon 3). Total Fouls—Cincinnati 22, Marshall 15. A—5,432.

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