The Cincinnati Bearcats (24-3 overall; 13-1 American) avoided the trap game casualty against the UCF Knights (10-14 overall; 2-11 American). And boy did the Bearcats avoid it in a big way with a 77-49 victory. But the biggest story of this game was the play of the senior guard Sean Kilpatrick.
He finished with 23 points, 8-16 from the floor and hit six 3-pointers in a dominating fashion. Kilpatrick's 23 puts him at 1,989 points for his storied career, which passed Steve Logan on the school's career scoring list. He was previously 19 points behind Logan coming into the game tonight.
Kilpatrick was unaware of the milestone until his teammates informed him later. That type of attitude is indicative of the mindset that he has had throughout his career according to coach Mick Cronin.
"It is a little nostalgia for me because I recruited Steve, and they're very similar guys," Cronin said. "A lot of pride in who they are as a player. Their happiness is wrapped up in whether their team wins (rather) than if they play well. It's the necessary chip that have to have to be great. SK's got it. Steve had unbelievable heart and SK has the same thing."
The Bearcats' next game will be at home and Kilpatrick will just need 11 points to be the second player in school history to hit the 2,000 point mark for his career along with Oscar Robertson's 2,973. But, with the next game being against the rival Louisville Cardinals, its highly doubtful that Kilpatrick will be paying attention to the records, just the game.