No. 7 UC Falls 58-57 To No. 11 Louisville

The Cincinnati Bearcats (24-4 overall; 13-2 American) fall victim to defeat for the first time at home in heartbreaking fashion against their hated rivals Louisville Cardinals (23-4 overall; 12-2 American) 58-57. The game-winning jumper from AAC Player of the Year candidate Russ Smith silenced the raucous Fifth Third Arena and left them in a state of shock.

What was supposed to be a jubilant and ceremonial moment for Cincinnati senior guard Sean Kilpatrick who was ten points shy of breaking the 2,000 point plateau for his career turned into rainy and washed out moment for his career. Louisville's defense was beyond stifling in the first half, holding the Bearcats to a miserable 17% field goal percentage and holding Kilpatrick to 2 for 13 from the field. But his 28 points vaulted him to 2,018 for his career, being only the second player in UC history to reach 2,000 behind only Oscar Robertson. But the loss today made the moment lackluster in Kilpatrick's eyes.

"Reaching 2,000 points didn't really matter to me," Kilpatrick said. "All I wanted to do was to help my team win the game...it was a tough shot for Smith, it just didn't fall our way this time around."

When asked whether the controversial out of bounds call on Shaquille Thomas took the momentum away from the team, he sighed frustratingly and answered.

"Of course it did. The crowd was into it and we were on a roll. Then the refs looked at the play and it was going our way. Then they look at it again and its still going our way. Then they discuss and say change it back. I've never seen anything like that."

Then he was asked if he thought the game was taken away from the Bearcats, Kilpatrick said without hesitation "Pretty much."

Head coach Mick Cronin was not in a much better mood with the disappointing loss on their home court.

"It was a hard-fought game on both sides, this would most likely be better defined as a bloodbath. I have my disappointments about my team. We missed a lot of assignments and we came up one point short. We played hard but not smart. I would say the same thing had we won."

When he was also asked about the controversial call as well involving Shaquille Thomas along with other calls in the game, Cronin gave a quick answer.

"I will not comment on the officiating of the game. I won't say the officiating cost us the game because we made a lot of mistakes on our end and we need to do a much better job of executing in crunch time."

The Bearcats next game will be on the road and they will take on Shabazz Napier and the UConn Huskies next Saturday.


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