The latest Xavier-Cincinnati matchup was nothing like last season's which ended in a brawl.
Wednesday night's game, played off campus, was downright amicable.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 25 points and led a second-half surge that carried No. 11 Cincinnati to a 60-45 victory over Xavier on Wednesday night.
The Musketeers (7-3) led for most of the first half, then fell apart when Cincinnati (11-0) turned up the defensive pressure in the second half. The final score wasn't so much the focus as how the game was played.
No issues there.
''Last year was something that's not going to happen again,'' Xavier guard Brad Redford said. ''Both of these teams have a lot of respect for each other. So I guess it's good to get last year's game off our backs. I'm glad they allowed us to play each other.''
Cincinnati won its 18th straight game at a downtown arena that is the rivalry's stage for the next two years, an attempt to take the nasty edge off the annual game. The first one met most expectati...