Cincinnati Bearcats took it right to the Campbell Camels from the minute the ball was tipped off. UC got a rare fast break dunk from Sean Kilpatrick and Justin Jackson giving up his body by diving over the scorers table for a loose ball. Jackson took out a lady and jammed his thumb in the effort.
"When I fell into the lady and my hand went through the chair, it got a little jammed," Jackson said. "I apologized to her to make sure she was OK."
With his first points of the game Kilpatrick became the 13th player in Bearcats history to eclipse 1,500 career points. He ended the game with 23 points marking the third time this season and 21st time in his career he eclipsed 20 in a game.
Coach Mick Cronin spoke about his senior guard milestone and growth. "SK is a self-made player," Cronin said. "I give him all the credit. He's made himself who he is with toughness, sweat, commitment and sacrifice. He's been a great example for our younger players."
Jackson had another performance for the books, he had career highs in points 19 and 9 field goals made, while also recording a season high 5 blocks. He also pulled down 9 rebounds, just one shy of his season high and two shy of his career best.
Kilpatrick and Jackson combined to shot 18-24 from the floor (75 percent), while combining for 42 points. While fellow senior Titus Rubles added 10 points, giving the senior double figures in all four games this season and for the 11th time in his career.
UC shot 63.2 percent as a team from the field, their best shooting performance under Cronin. "At least we finally shot a high percentage," Cronin said. "I'll give us that." While on the defense end UC had 8 blocks in the game, and is now averaging 7.25 blocks per game on the year. The Bearcats have blocked at least eight shots in each of the last three contests.
UC will be back at Fifth Third Arena Tuesday, Nov. 26, taking on UMass Lowell.
Game Ball: Sean Kilpatrick and Justin Jackson