Three-pointers would be a theme for the Bearcats tonight, they attempted 23, hitting nine, but it was the free throws that was a concern. Cincinnati had a major athletic advantage against Campbell, and used that advantage to get to the hole at will, drawing 25 fouls. However, they were only able to hit 18 of 34, good for barely above 50%. With their size advantage, UC was able to dominate the boards, racking up 46 to Campbell's 24.
Wright led the Bearcats in scoring with 28, hitting four three pointers, and leading the teams with five steals. Jaquon Parker had a nice game as well, chipping in 21 points while pulling down eight rebounds. Senior Sean Kilpatrick had a double double, finishing with 15 points and ten rebounds.
The story of the night was the play of Wright. The senior is one of the best players in the Big East, and he played like it tonight. At one point in the second half, Campbell had UC's lead down to 14 and were going on a nice little run. Wright then forced a steal on defense that lead to a fat break layup, then the very next play drew a charge, giving the ball back to the Bearcats and all but wrapping up the win.
The play of the big men was the one big question mark on this Bearcat team, and Tuesday night didn't do a whole lot to answer that question. The trio of big men, Chiekh Mbodj, Justin Jackson and David Nyrasuk finished with a combined 10 points, not exactly eye popping numbers from the big fellas. Going forward, they are going to need to be more productive.
It was a workmanlike performance from the Bearcats, and one that shows that although this team is talented, they're susceptible to lackadaisical performances against lesser opponents, as most teams are. It also showed what this team can do when they're on.