Cincinnati Bearcats defense forced UMass Lowell to commit 28 turnovers that led to 31 of UC 79 points tonight. "We did a better job today of playing team defense in the backcourt," Coach Mick Cronin said. "We're starting to get into the strategy of who we're trying to keep the ball away from and communicate what we're trying to do with our rotations."
With the more competitive part of UC schedule coming up, both Coach Cornin and his team knows they have to continue to improve on things. "My focus becomes eliminating mistakes," Cronin said. "Your margin for error gets smaller and smaller very day in college basketball." UC out rebounded the River Hawks 43-28 and came away with a season-high 49 deflections.
Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick who finish with 18 points and 6 rebounds, echoed his coaches comments. "We all know that we still have a lot more room to improve," Kilpatrick said. "We also know we have to cut down our margin of error. There's going to be games coming where we have to execute down the stretch," he added. "Teams are going to have as much talent as we have and are going to be as big and strong as we are."
Senior forward Jumping Justin Jackson fired up the crowd of 5,477 at Fifth Third Arena with a monster dunk out of frustration. "I was frustrated," Jackson said. "I couldn't finish around the rim today. I just kept playing defense and rebounding the ball."
Jackson would record his second career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, as well as, adding 3 blocks on the night. Bearcats also seen production out of junior guard Ge'Lawn Guyn with 10 points and 3 rebounds. Four other Bearcats scored 7 points on the night Titus Rubles, Shaquille Thomas, Troy Caupain and Kevin Johnson.
Bearcats improve to 5-0 becoming one of two remaining AAC teams to be unbeaten. UC will be back at Fifth Third Arena to face Kennesaw State Friday at 4 p.m.
Game Ball: Justin Jackson