Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 2/8/12
Debated on whether to live blog recap this one. In order to try and ignore the Kansas/Baylor games and Syracuse/Georgetown, I am. It's not going to work out very well probably, but I'm giving it the old college try. It's what I do. It's part of my charm. I'm very charming. I think the announcer on ESPNU just said it was a down year for UC. Don't really know if that's completely true, but I guess expectations wise it is? I don't know. I don't buy it. Shut your mouth, jerk. God, you are so stupid. In other news, Malik Stith quit St John's so he's not playing. 

Green, Harrison, Pointer, Garrett and Harkless for St John's. Parker, Gates, Cash, Best Friend and Killa for UC.  St John's wins the tip. They pass a lot around the top. Harrison has the ball up top. He is blocked by Dixon. Cash the other way. Inside to Gates for a dunk. Greene misses a runner, tip rolls out. Ball out to the Bearcats. UC breaks the press but Dixon misses a 3. Poitner boards. Harrison misses a shot short, UC on the break. Parker misses but Cash puts it back. Timeout St John's. StJ breaks a weird UC half press. The Cats going zone. Harkless misses. UC the other way. Parker is hit with a 5 seconds. The crowd at MSG is lacking. Wonder if that will affect things. An empty MSG can't be fun. Zone trap, pass to Garrett. He's blocked by Gates on a shot attempt. Ball to StJ. Garrett gets a layup this time with a touch foul on Gates. FT good. Matt from Down the Drive says Parker has turned it over 9 times since Rutgers. Miscommunication leads to another turnover by someone. I was looking down. I'm a bad person. Press broken. Harrison gets to the elbow but passes out. Harkless loses the ball to Cash. UC on offense. Dixon up top. Screen from JJ. JJ drive no good. Pull up from Garrett and StJ takes the lead. Jackson's shot was goaltended. LaPhonzo Ellis agrees. St John's knocks the ball out. UC gets it in easily. Dixon a drive and kick to JJ. He does a drive and misses at the buzzer. Harkless lose the ball going up the court, Cash has it. Foul on Garrett. Under 16 break. Storm up 5-4.

Parker misses as we start the next segment. UC in man. No one guards Harkless, who missed a wide open jumper. Gates didn't know if UC was in zone or not. Jackson drives again and misses. He got the board and is fouled on a shot. Make, way short but Gates got the board. Parker no good from 3. Pointer on a run out. 7-5. Jackson drives again and scores. Pointer again. Jackson is hurt. He was hurt on the way up the floor. That would be bad. SK up top to Dixon, who drives into the paint and scores off a triple pump. Harrsion misses in the lane. Gates got the board. Dixon wide open up top for 3. UC in the lead. 15 has the ball poked away by Parker. Steal UC. Parker a long 2 is short. Harrison another wild shot no good. UC didn't score. God'sgift blows a wide open layup. SK drive and kick to Cash for 3, no good. Greene a wild drive no good. Rebound to Harkless. Greene another missed shot inside. Gates board. Dixon up top. Cash now has it. To Dixon. He drives, hands offs to Cash to the wing to SK, 3 no good, rebound by SK blocked on the shot, Parker fouled. Under 12, 12-9 UC. 

JaQuon at the foul line. He drops the first, misses the second. If Mick thinks Parker is Jae Crowder, he's on ******* crack cocaine. Harkless a blowby Parker and a dunk. Guyn for 3 no good. StJ the other way. Pointer with a horribly off 3 that goes right to Garrett, who knives his way into the lane for the tie. Dixon drills a 3 from the corner pocket. StJ gets a runner from Pointer late in the shot clock. He's got 6. Pointer and Garrett killing UC. Dixon from the right wing was tipped. The shot was 5 feet short. StJ throws an alley oop that's way off. Break. SK ALLEY OOP TO DIXON. Foul on the floor the other way. 18-15 UC. 

StJ misses a shot. UC breaks. Sanders misses, Gates puts it back. Nice to see Sanders and Guyn taking shots. Horrible shot by someone. Cash the rebound and falls down. Travel. Greene misses from the elbow. SK into Gates. Yancy waits, fakes and is fouled. They are chanting "Please don't punch me," in the student section. Make and make. StJ tries going inside, pass tipped, Harkless got it back spins and misses. Gates the other way scores. 10-2 run by UC. Lead up to 8. UC in the zone again. Harrison no good from 3. SK smacks the ball out of bounds. Leaner no good, Harkless follows and tips it out of bounds. Dixon back in for UC. Guyn to the bench. Jackson is ok I guess. Don't think he's played yet. SK tries to pass inside, Pointer kicks it to the scorer's table. 3rd most exciting thing to happen so far. SK in the paint bricks a runner. Foul on Gates. That's 2. Kelvin Gaines some first half minutes. Jackson back in. Harrison drives and scores. That was easy. Harrison tips a pass out of bounds. Dixon inbounds to Cash. Cash drives, scores and is fouled from the foul line. UC up 8 with the chance to go up 9 in a couple minutes. 

Forgot that Dixon didn't score in the first meeting. Cash has 5 rebounds already. He's still got 4 points because he missed the free throw. The ball was thrown off Gaines and goes to StJ. They break token pressure. Pointer no good on a 14 footer from the wing. Moving screen by Gaines. He leaves the game for Mbodj. StJ does nothing on offense until the 15 second mark. Greene misses. Mbodj gets the board and goes down. That's a travel. Wright a steal. Dixon up top. He passes to SK on the left wing for 3. His first points. Lead is to 11. Jackson with a block. SK got away with a walk when he got in the lane and didn't know what to do. Throws the pass away. Garrett is fouled on the break by Mbodj. FT missed. Missed again. SK walks. That was not good offense. God'sgift scores a high layup. First time they've score in a while. This is the 2nd worst half of the year for the Storm. Dixon airballs a floater right to Parker. He scores. StJ can take the clock to about 3. Guy drives and throws it to Cash. Davis misses to end the half. 30-19 at the break. Ugly. 

Half 2 about to start. I'm going to not be as keyed in for a while because I'm eating dinner. UC with the ball. Cash a drive dish to SK, who's 3 is way off. Dixon board. Dixon a 3 no good, Parker board. Cash a step back 2. Nice. Harkless a dunk on a nice cut and pass from Greene. Harkless a steal. Other end Harrison 3. Timeout Cincinnati. Parker long from the baseline, but Dixon a steal. Cash a 3 on the break is no good. Looked like Dixon knocked the ball out, but it's to UC. Parker scores on the inbound. Pass batted up in the air. SK comes down with it and races for a layup. Another turnover. SK corner 3. Timeout St John's. There's a 3 by Greene. They've only attempted 4. Another corner 3 by Killa. Harrison misses a tough shot late in the shot clock. SK step in jumper. Foul on Gates. That's 3. 44-27 at the 15:10 mark. 

Nice pass by Pointer to Greene as we come back, Greene is fouled. I think he made 1. I wasn't paying attention. SK misses a 3 as Dixon started running back up the court. That was funny. Dixon fouls the other way. He didn't think it was a foul. StJ doesn't score, but Ge'Lawn Guyn does. Hey hey. Mbodj, who blocked a shot the last possession, gets a board and is fouled. The Storm press. UC broke it. Cash tries a dribble handoff/screen with SK, but is called with a moving screen. He does the hilarious hands up thing which made me laugh. Mbodj a block. He goes to the basket and is fouled. No free throws. Sanders a bucket from Mbodj. God'sgift hits a mid-range jumper. Mbodj a strong move inside. Timeout St John's. Dude on StJ stepped on the baseline for his shot. No call. Mbodj another board and frustration foul on the Johnnies. Pointer a foul. 11:48 to go, 50-30.

This game is kind of fun to watch, but kind of not because St John's is boring. It's nice to not pull your hair out for a change. Dixon short on a 2. Mbodj another block. He's got 4. Damn, homie. Sanders misses, Mbodj misses. St John's board. GG is fouled by 13. Both free throws missed. Cash lost the ball on the press. Jump ball to the Red Storm. Harrison no good in the lane. Foul on Jeremiah Davis on the rebound. St John's is in the bonus. Some guy on press row was sneezing a lot. God'sGift is ripped. He makes both. 18 point game. Cash throws another pass away. He comes out of the game for making bad decisions. Harkless misses a 3, board to Gates and it's knocked out of his hands and goes to StJ. Harkless misses from around the free throw line for the 15th time tonight. Foul on Pointer. Davis gets caught in the corner on offense. Timeout Mick. He's gotta be wondering what the hell is happening now. Oh hey, fight footage. That's always great. Gates misses, misses a 1 handed put back and gets it back again. Dixon drives, misses, Gates a put back. UC outrebounding StJ by 19. Another turnover. Davis drives because no one was guarding him for an easy bucket. He'll never get one that easy. 22 point lead. Timeout St John's. Someone drove to the basket pretty easily and was fouled. It was Kilpatrick. This game is boring as hell. Make. Miss. Free throws have been the only problem. Dude on St John's kicked the ball out of bounds, but apparently it's off UC. Harrison jumped and threw the ball away. Foul on St John's. 7:50 left. 55-32 UC. 

Stuff is happening. Dixon misses a jumper. Gates the board, put back and foul. He's got 11. Nearly a double double. FT good. StJ scores. Gates scores. Harrison is fouled. UC has 3 guys close to double doubles. Cash needs 4 points and 1 board. Gates and Sean Kilpatrick need a board. Gates goes to the bench. Kilpatrick to the bench. Everyone but Cash to the bench. Cash to the rim for a layup. The Johnnies score. Davis for 3 from Sanders. Cash another board. He just needs 2 points. Mbodj gets blocked by Pointer. Ball off 13. Someone made free throw(s?) for St John's. Mbodj scores the other way. UC up to 67. Harrison 3. Cash breaks the press. Double double. Media break. 

Davis with a charge after the Red Storm did something. I don't care. I'm trying to think of headlines. Only have Bearcats Storm Past St John's and that one is a pun and lame. Bearcats Thunder Past Storm. That one makes me laugh because it sucks. St John's scores again. They have 46. Cash a pretty turnaround jumper in the the lane. Guyn to Cash to Davis, but Davis lost it. UC missed something. Davis fouls Harrison, who was pretty mad. He made them both. UC might have scored. St John's clears the bench with walk ons. Eppensteiner in for UC. He's fouled. Drills the first. Misses the second because that's cooler. Rebounding foul on UC. Someone missed them both for StJ. Sealey. I hope that's right because I don't care. Davis drops a 3. Gaines a board. Gaines with a stupid offensive foul. Guy was givng up the basket and he bumped into someone anyway. Guyn to the line. He makes the first. Missed the second. That should be it. Nope. Some dude bombs a 3. Now that should be it. 76-54 final. 

Well, this is pretty much what you wanted to see. The Cats came out strong in the second half and put the Red Storm in the bodybag. Zip 'em up. 

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