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Cincinnati Bearcats win thriller in Connecticut 58-57

The Cincinnati Bearcats traveled to Hartford, Connecticut to face the Connecticut Huskies at the XL Center for an American Athletic Conference battle. Could the Bearcats win their third in a row? Could they make their NCAA tournament hopes that much stronger?

If you listened to the Bearcat Insider podcast that was posted this morning you know we kind of counted this game as a loss because of how UC has played on the road in conference so far this season. They came into this game on the NCAA bubble and on a two game winning streak.

The Bearcats started off hot with an 8-0 run but the Huskies went into halftime with a 36-31 ending the half on a 16-6 run. Sterling Gibbs hit 3 threes in a row during this run and scored 11 of his total 14 points during that spurt.  During they shot 37.9% from the field and allowed the Huskies to shoot 50%. That was the biggest difference in the first half.

In the second half UC suffered a big injury to senior small forward Shaquille Thomas who didn’t something to his foot/ankle area. We at BCI hope his injury isn’t serious, but from the way Coach Cronin talked after the game it defiantly seems like something that will keep him out a few games or may make him miss the rest of the season.  After the injury the Bearcats made a run to tie the game at 43 and from that point on both teams were trading punches. UConn was up 57-53 with less than two minutes left and during that time freshman small forward Jacob Evans got a big steal and fast break lay up to get the game to 2 points. After another clutch stop by the Bearcats, it was less than 30 seconds left in the game and junior point guard Troy Caupain drove right and got to the basket, but was stripped and the ball went out of bounds off a Huskie so they were granted one more life and sophomore power forward Gary Clark stepped up big time making a bucket in the paint causing an and one and hitting the free throw to put the Bearcats up 58-57 with 11 seconds left. UConn got three looks, but none of them dropped so the Bearcats secured a huge victory on the road and in conference to help make their conference resume that much stronger.

This game was almost as even as the score rebounding was tied 36 apiece, turnovers were tied at 14 and both teams shot 38% (UC 38.3% and UConn 38.2%).

Three Bearcats were in double digits scoring Farad Cobb with 13 points, Gary Clark with 13 points and Octavius Ellis with 10 points. No points were as big as Clark’s last 3 points he also had 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks.

This was a huge road victory for Cincinnati and as of now playing in March seems a little bit more secure.

Their next game will be Thursday against USF at Fifth Third Arena for an 8 pm tip off.

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