Found December 28, 2012 on
Run the Floor:
1. 7-foot sophomore Alex Kirk played a pivotal role on the interior and forced Cincinnati to alter a number of close shots that otherwise would have been lay-ins. He finished with 3 official blocks. After failing to record a single block in his first four games this year, he's now averaged 1.9 per game over the past ten. He also added 15 points off just 8 shots.
2. Sophomore guard Hugh Greenwood failed to score a single point for the first time this season. But he still had a huge effect on this game with a career best 8 assists, which was twice his previous high from this year.
3. Junior Sean Kilpatrick hoisted 22 shots (making only 5) just two games after he put up 27 attempts vs Xavier. So in a three game span he's taken a) the most field goal attempts of his career, and b) the 2nd most field goal attempts of his career. He now attempts 29.5% of the Bearcats shots when he's on the floor, which is 6.4% more than last year. The previous high for any Mick Cronin coached player is Deonta Vaughan's freshman year (2006-07) when he jacked 28.6%.
4. Cincinnati made 20-64 shots (31.3%) but were very good from the arc (11-26, 42%). This means they made only 9-38 2s (23.7%). Their previous low on 2s this year was 32.5% at Oregon.
5. New Mexico won 55-54 in a 62 possession game. The 0.87 points per possession scored by Cincinnati is their worst offensive game of the year. But they still haven't had a single opponent score greater than a point per possession against them.
BEST OF MAXIM
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Alex Kirk scored 15 points and blocked Sean Kilpatrick's shot just before the buzzer Thursday night, preserving New Mexico's 55-54 win that handed No. 8 Cincinnati its first loss.
New Mexico (13-1) rallied in the second half behind its 7-foot center, who hit a 3-pointer, got a team-high seven rebounds and slapped away Kilpatrick's jumper off an inbounds...
The New Mexico Lobos’ sophomore center Alex Kirk blocked a
shot by Sean Kilpatrick of the Cincinnati Bearcats with two seconds
left in the
game to preserve UNM’s 55-54 road win over the No. 8 Bearcats at
Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday night a the Lobos knocked Cincy
ranks of the undefeated.
Sean Kilpatrick had two options: Take the quick shot if it's there, drive to the basket if it's not. He caught the pass and thought he had just enough room to get the shot off.
He never saw Alex Kirk's hand coming.
Kirk scored 15 points and blocked Kilpatrick's shot just before the buzzer Thursday night, preserving New Mexico's 55-54 win that handed No. 8 Cincinnati...
Several games of stagnant offense finally caught up with No. 8 Cincinnati.
Sean Kilpatrick had his shot swatted away just before the buzzer Thursday night, allowing New Mexico to hold on for a 55-54 victory that handed the Bearcats their first loss.
And none of them was all that surprised.
''The last two games, we've been in a (shooting) drought and it came down to...