Leadership & Defense Leads Bearcats To Win

Senior leadership guides Bearcats to victory over NC State at Fifth Third Arena.

Cincinnati Bearcats prides themselves on not picking up early fouls. Less than seven minutes into the first half forward Justin Jackson picked up his second foul. "We worked real hard for me to stop fouling," Jackson said. "And I did it in the first half again."

Jackson would head to the bench where he would watch the rest of the first half as he supported his team. Later in the first half his teammates Sean Kilpatrick and Titus Rubles would both pick up their second fouls. But the bench would come in to hold down their teammates, which please Coach Mick Cornin.

"That's what I was most proud of," Coach Cronin stated. "I'm looking forward to watching the film to see the way we were playing without those three guys."

Bearcats went into halftime tied 35-35 with the NC State Wolfpack. The tie score was one of many throughout Tuesday's game, which seen twelve ties and eight lead changes.

In the second half returned the seniors lead by the energy of Jackson whom got the crowd of 7,028 at Fifth Third Arena going with a monster dunk. The dunk came after a steal from Kilpatrick, who spoke about the play.

"His jumping ability is crazy," said Kilpatrick. "When you're on the court and you can actually see how high he can get over that rim, that's amazing. I got excited as well. I chest bumped him myself."

Jackson would collect his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with 4 blocks. "It's an honor to have my first double-double," Jackson said. "I hope there's more to come."

Bearcats would pull away midway through the second half with a 3-pointer from Klipatrick which gave UC a two point lead. Then a Rubles layup made it 53-48 and the Bearcats would go on to lead by five 58-53.

UC would press the Wolfpack the entire game, whom only played eight players to the Bearcats 11. They would hold the Wolfpack to 32.8 percent shooting and out rebound them 43-36.

UC would go on a 10-4 run to end the game, while Kilpatrick would finish with 21 points and Rubles would match his career with 14 points to go with 7 rebounds. Bearcats now improve to 2-0 and will face Appalachian State Saturday in the third game of the Global Sports Shootout at Fifth Third Arena.

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