Cincinnati had three players reach double figures in a hard fought win over Louisville tonight. Sean Kilpatrick was huge down the stretch racking up a team-high 28 points with five rebounds and going 11-for-11 from the charity stripe.
In the first half it was Shaquille Thomas with the hot hand for the Bearcats. Thomas was on the receiving end of a huge alley-oop, finishing the first half with nine points and five rebounds. He finish the game with 11 points with 6 rebounds, while Titus Rubles also had a solid first half. Rubles went into the half with six points and six rebounds, finishing with eight points and eight rebounds.
UC lead by 15 over the Cards at one point in the first half, while holding them to just 30.8-percent shooting from the field and 11.1-percent from the 3-point. Louisville matched a season-low with just 66 points scored in tonight's game.
In the second half Kilpatrick came out shooting well, knocking down a couple three pointers. The Bearcats would see a 15 point lead slowly start to be chopped away by Louisville. In a span of 1:43 the Cardinals scored 14 straight points to cut the deficit to three at 44-41.
Louisville would later tie the game up at 61-61, before finally taking the lead 64-61 on a Russ Smith three pointer. By the 1:41 mark the Bearcats would regain the lead at 65-64 on a tip in from Justin Jackson. Jackson finished the game with 11 points and nine rebounds. Jackson showed no ill effects of the ankle injury he suffered during the Temple game.
From there the Bearcats would hold the lead finishing the Cardinals off behind a few Kilpatrick free throws. Although Kilpatrick had a quiet first half, he made up for it putting up 23 points in the second half.
Bearcats head back to Cincinnati to face USF this Sunday at 12pm at Fifth Third Arena.