Instant Analysis: New Mexico Downs UC.

We provide some brief thoughts on UC's first loss of the season, a 55-54 defeat to New Mexico.

-Contrary to the last few games, it was Cincinnati's three-point shooting that kept the Bearcats in the game. They finished 11-26 from distance.

-While the three-point shooting was solid, their shooting performance from the floor was putrid. The Bearcats shot 20-64 from the floor to finish with barely above 30% shooting for the game.

-Sean Kilpatrick had an awful night from the floor, finishing 5-22 and only getting to the line twice. This offense goes as Kilpatrick goes, and tonight he just didn't have it.

-It's clear that Cincinnati doesn't play an up tempo style of offense, and their grind it out style of play has worked 12 times so far this season, but they have to make shots in order for that style of play to work consistently. They missed far too many easy shots this game, and it showed with their first loss of the season.

-Hats off to New Mexico center Alex Kirk. The seven footer finished with 15 points, including nine in the second half, while hitting 6-8 from the field and adding seven rebounds.

-Cheikh Mbdoj had himself a solid game, the 6-11 center scored only four points, but added 10 rebounds and an asssit.

-The bench didn't add much to the game against the Lobos, contributing only nine points, five of which came from freshmen Shaquille Thomas. While not very deep, the Bearcats have got to get more from their bench going forward, especially on night's like tonight when their offense is struggling.

-While the offense struggled, UC put together another solid defensive effort, forcing 14 turnovers and winning the rebound margin at 35 to 29.

-Cincinnati only got to the line four times, which is an awful number considering their guard heavy lineup. The free throw numbers usually tell you how aggressive an offense was on any given night, and tonight, the Bearcat guards did not get into the lane, forcing them to shoot far too many deep two-pointers.


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