When Cincinnati got careless with the ball, it threw away its chance to advance to the NCAA East regional final.
The team that began the night with 10.7 turnovers per game, 15th fewest in the nation, committed 18 in its 81-66 loss to Ohio State on Thursday. And seven of those came after the Bearcats had turned a 37-25 halftime deficit into a 52-48 lead with 11:34 to go.
''We got down early, made a tremendous comeback,'' Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. ''At the end of the day, we didn't take care of the basketball. ... With 18 turnovers, we really just gave ourselves no chance.''
Aaron Craft led the Buckeyes with six steals, three of them in a span of 4 1-2 minutes after Cincinnati had taken that four-point lead.
''They had 20 points in nine minutes and were shooting 80 percent, and some of that goes to them,'' Craft said. ''But we didn't play defense like we did in the first half. We did a great job of sticking together and getting stops.''
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