Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 2/8/12
Bearcats coach Mick Cronin was preparing yet another post-game diatribe on Saturday when his team trailed DePaul with less than five minutes remaining at Fifth Third Arena. But unlike the three previous games where UC faded down the stretch, the Bearcats rose up and closed the game on a 12-2 run, avoiding their first four-game losing streak in four years. As encouraging as the victory itself were the offensive contributions Cronin got from several players -- including Justin Jackson, who did not start but delivered a career-high 14 points off the bench. Five players scored in double figures -- including Cashmere Wright, who scored 7 of his 11 points in the game-clinching run and had four assists and three steals. But there weren't any Champagne corks flying around the UC locker room after a narrow win over the Blue Demons, who fell to 11-11, 2-8 in the Big East. With their NCAA tournament projections on the brink of the bubble, this was a game the Bearcats could ill afford to lose...
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