Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 12/5/11

The Cincinnati Bearcats locked up win number 5 in pretty ugly fashion on Friday night. The most important part is that they are now 5-2 heading into the Crosstown Shootout on Saturday afternoon. Going on the road and winning is a nice step for this team. The game was a grind it out, defensive battle that they will probably see in Big East play. In fact, looking at the middle and bottom of the league, this is exactly the type of game that we will be seeing later in the year. Hopefully those games will have some more scoring. Not gonna do a full recap on this one, so let's hit the paws. 

Clutch shooting down the stretch by the Bearcats. It started with Dion Dixon, best friend, drilling back to back to back (in 4 possessions) 3 pointers to turn a 3 point deficit into a 6 point lead. Up 4 with under a minute to go and Georgia somehow unable to foul, Sean Kilpatrick takes a 3 from the left wing and buries it with 22 seconds left. That was the nail in the Georgia coffin. The last 4 FGs UC made were those 3 pointers. All of them big. 

Those shots wouldn't have mattered if not for the sensational second half defense. UC held Georgia to 6-21 from the field, which is 28%. UGA had only 8 points in the paint the second half after getting 16 in the first half. Georgia hit 1 of 7 from deep in the half and only 3-14 for the game. The numbers said they loved to shoot the 3 ball and the numbers were correct. The numbers also said they were bad at shooting the 3, which was the damn truth. The Bearcats managed to turn UGA over 14 times, 8 of them in the second half. The defense had to clamp down, and the defense clamped down. 

Sean Kilpatrick deserves to be highlighted for his defense on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP carried Georgia in the first half with 13 points on 5-8 shooting. He was 1-6 the second half, the only bucket being a 3 pointer with 11 seconds left. Killa kept him off the line, forced him into tougher shots and basically locked him up the second half. For a guy who gets killed about his defense, Sean Kilpatrick really brought it. 

If that wasn't enough, SK exploded for 15 of the 36 Cincinnati second half points. He finished with a game high 22 on 7-15, 4-9 from 3, 4-5 at the line with 5 boards. On a day where UC had a ton of trouble scoring, Kilpatrick came up huge. A brilliant performance on both ends. 

Kilpatrick wasn't alone in carrying UC the second half. Dion Dixon had 16 of his 19 points in the second half. He was 1-4 the first, 5-7 the second. He is having all kinds of trouble at the line, 3-6, but he got huge baskets when the Bearcats needed them. I talked about the 3 triples in 4 possessions up top, but Dixon started it a few possessions earlier. He put UC in front for the first time in ages after he hit 1-2 at the line and made a layup after Cheikh Mbodj rebounded and hit him with a pass. 13 points the last 11 minutes. Hell of a job. 

Cashmere Wright didn't score, 2-6, 5 points, but he got 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. He assisted on the last 2 three pointers of the game. He turned the ball over 4 times, but Georgia turned the ball over on 2 of his turnovers. The rebounding is what definitely sticks out. It was a career high in boards for the UC point guard. Love to see it. It's like Cash knew the guards would have to hit the glass on the long misses, and he did it. 

Cheikh Mbodj got the start in place of Justin Jackson and played solidly. He was 2-5, 0-2 at the line, with 5 rebounds, 3 offensive. He had a pair of assists and didn't turn the ball over. I touched on how big one of the rebounds was a little earlier. The only problem is that 13 played 25 minutes, in large part because he fouled out. His last 2 fouls put Georgia in the bonus. They made all 4, including 2 that set up the Kilpatrick 3. Solid game, though I would like to see more minutes. 



Yancy Gates had a tough night from the field, only hitting 2-8 for 5 points. In other years that might have affected his rebounding, but not Friday, as he pulled down a team high 8. Gates had an assist, block and steal. He only got to the line twice, which is how he ended up with 5 points. I would like to see him get there more often when his shot isn't going. At least get guys in foul trouble. 

I don't know what's up with Justin Jackson. Total non-factor. 18 minutes, 0 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, fouled out. He would have been a small factor if he didn't get called for an offensive foul after his block with 3:48 left. He's had back to back brutal games. Mick benched him to send a message. After his play on Friday, message not received. 

Jermaine Sanders got your only 2 points off the bench, hitting free throws late. Guyn and Sanders, as well as Jackson, missed 3s. 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 turnover, 2 blocks, 8 fouls, 2-4 at the line for your bench tonight. Not gonna cut it as the season continues. The starters can't score all the points for this team. They just can't. 

16:02-6:44. 10:49-5:45. Those are your scoring droughts for the game. 1 point came during the second lull. 

Here is a list of the possessions UC had in the 10 minute scoreless streak.
  1. Missed 3 by Kilpatrick
  2. Miss by Wright
  3. Miss by Gates
  4. Turnover
  5. Missed 3 Kilpatrick 
  6. Miss by Gates
  7. Miss by Mbodj
  8. Turnover by Wright
  9. Missed 3 by Guyn
  10. Turnvoer by Gates
  11. Missed 3 by Sanders
  12. Missed layup by Mbodj
  13. Missed FT by Sanders (2x)
UC hit 9-20 from deep. Georgia did a poor job of guarding the perimeter in the second half and boy oh boy did UC make them pay. The Bearcats were 3-10 from deep in the first half. That's a 6-10 second half. 

UC was 10-15 at the foul line in the second half. That's not lighting the world on fire, but that's better than they have been shooting all season long. 

This picture is just cool. 

The reaction of the bench after the Kilpatrick 3 late was kind of hilarious. It was like that shot put up them up by 1 with 4 seconds left in an NCAA tournament game, not 7 in some random game in December. Gotta love that the guys are involved. 

Box score via Go Bearcats
Official Basketball Box Score Official Basketball Box Score Cincinnati vs Georgia 12/02/11 7:00 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum - Athens, Ga. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Cincinnati 5-2 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 01 Wright, Cashmere.... * 2-6 1-2 0-0 1 6 7 1 5 5 4 0 2 33 03 Dixon, Dion......... * 6-11 4-6 3-6 2 2 4 3 19 1 2 0 3 32 13 Mbodj, Cheikh....... * 2-5 0-0 0-2 3 2 5 5 4 2 0 0 0 25 23 Kilpatrick, Sean.... * 7-15 4-9 4-5 1 4 5 1 22 1 3 0 2 38 34 Gates, Yancy........ * 2-8 0-0 1-2 2 6 8 3 5 1 2 1 1 36 02 Ellis, Octavius..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 05 Jackson, Justin..... 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 5 0 0 1 2 0 18 14 Guyn, Ge'Lawn....... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 12 15 Sanders, Jermaine... 0-1 0-1 2-4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 24 Gaines, Kelvin...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+ TEAM................ 1 1 1 Totals.............. 19-49 9-20 10-19 10 23 33 21 57 10 13 3 8 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 9-27 33.3% 2nd Half: 10-22 45.5% Game: 38.8% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-10 30.0% 2nd Half: 6-10 60.0% Game: 45.0% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 0-4 0.0% 2nd Half: 10-15 66.7% Game: 52.6% 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Georgia 4-4 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 01 Caldwell-Pope, Ken.. * 6-14 1-6 3-5 4 3 7 3 16 1 1 0 4 29 02 Thornton, Marcus.... * 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 7 8 1 4 1 3 0 1 28 03 Ware, Dustin........ * 0-5 0-5 3-3 0 5 5 0 3 2 1 0 2 34 11 Williams, Vincent... * 1-3 1-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 0 1 15 15 Williams, Donte'.... * 3-8 0-0 2-2 2 2 4 5 8 0 2 0 0 30 22 Robinson, Gerald.... 4-10 1-2 3-4 0 4 4 1 12 3 3 0 1 25 23 Brantley, Sherrard.. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 32 Florveus, John...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 42 Djurisic, Nemanja... 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 22 TEAM................ 1 1 1 Totals.............. 17-47 3-14 14-20 8 25 33 13 51 8 14 0 9 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-26 42.3% 2nd Half: 6-21 28.6% Game: 36.2% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-7 28.6% 2nd Half: 1-7 14.3% Game: 21.4% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 6-9 66.7% 2nd Half: 8-11 72.7% Game: 70.0% 5 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Tony Greene, Mike Nance, Tim Clougherty Technical fouls: Cincinnati-None. Georgia-None. Attendance: 6796 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Cincinnati.................... 21 36 - 57 Georgia....................... 30 21 - 51 2011 HTC Big East/SEC Challenge Actual Tip Time: 7:05 End of game: 9:07 Elapsed time: 2:02 Points in the paint-CIN 12,UGA 24. Points off turnovers-CIN 16,UGA 16. 2nd chance points-CIN 7,UGA 11. Fast break points-CIN 2,UGA 6. Bench points-CIN 2,UGA 16. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-4 times. Last FG-CIN 2nd-00:22, UGA 2nd-00:11. Largest lead-CIN by 7 1st-18:18, UGA by 12 1st-01:43. POINTS OFF TURNOVS 1 2 - Tot Cincinnati.............. 8 8 - 16 Georgia................. 11 5 - 16 POINTS IN PAINT 1 2 - Tot Cincinnati.............. 6 6 - 12 Georgia................. 16 8 - 24 2ND CHANCE POINTS 1 2 - Tot Cincinnati.............. 4 3 - 7 Georgia................. 7 4 - 11 FAST BREAK POINTS 1 2 - Tot Cincinnati.............. 0 2 - 2 Georgia................. 4 2 - 6 BENCH POINTS 1 2 - Tot Cincinnati.............. 0 2 - 2 Georgia................. 9 7 - 16 SCORE TIED BY 1 2 - Tot Cincinnati.............. 1 1 - 2 Georgia................. 1 1 - 2 LEAD GAINED BY 1 2 - Tot Cincinnati.............. 0 2 - 2 Georgia................. 1 1 - 2
 
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