'Cats Get No Love

In their Valentine's Day match up with the fourth-ranked Pitt Panthers(23-2, 10-2 in the Big East), the Bearcats had their hearts broken as Pittsburgh remained unbeaten at home won their fifth game in a row by a score of 85-69. With the loss, Cincinnati dropped to 17-9 overall and 7-6 within the Big East conference.

Pittsburgh's Sam Young scored a game-high 18 points, while Dejuan Blair added 17 and a game-high seven rebounds in the Panther's win. Both the Pittsburgh stars shot 7-of-9 from the floor, as the Panthers shot 67.4 percent (31-of-46) overall and 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from beyond the arc.

Guard Levance Fields, the league leader in assists on the year, dished a game-high 13 assits to go with 11 points as Pittsburgh had 21 assists on the night along with just six turnovers.

Pitt Panthers Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown scored in double figures as well, with 14 and 12 points respectively.

While Cincinnati trailed throughout the contest, a Mike Williams jumper cut the lead to just five with 13:10 to play. The Panthers then put together a 9-0 run to build the lead back to double digits and out of reach for the Bearcats.

Williams led Cincinnati with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while UC leading scorer for the year Deonta Vaughn was held to just nine points, being held to single digits for just the sixth time this season. Larry Davis shot 6-of-7 in scoring 13 points, while Dion Dixon came off the bench to add ten. No other Bearcat reached double figures.

The Bearcat's troubles from the free throw line, which reared it's ugly head in the team's win against St. John's, showed itself again Saturday. Cincinnati took advantage of just 53.9 percent of their chances from the charity stripe, connecting on just nine tries out of 17 attempts.

Niether team will have much time to dwell on this game however, as both have big games on the horizon. Pittsburgh has a reservation in Connecticut with the nation's top-ranked Huskies (24-1, 12-1 in the Big East) set for Monday night. Cincinnati will take a week off before welcoming the rival Louisville Cardinals (18-5, 9-2 in the Big East) to Fifth Third Arena Saturday at 2 p.m.

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