The second half was different for "Biggie."
He looked more physical with Caudle and established himself on the boards more than he did in the first half, while knocking down two jumpers from 12 and 14 feet.
McClain totaled seven points (six in the second half), five rebounds and one block in nine minutes. He did not look slowed down by the foot problems that have plagued him in the past.
"(My feet) are doing good," McClain said. "(The off-season) is going extremely good and I'm just trying to do whatever I got to do to win."
Game three featured a Bearcat we have not seen much of, if any, in Eddie Tyree. He was matched-up against Miami (OH) guard Kenny Hayes for much of the game. Tyree looked impressive as he was quick with the ball and showed an ability to get to the hoop. While getting beat by Hayes a few times, his on-the-ball defense was good, holding Hayes to just two of eleven shooting and six points. Tyree finished with eight points on just six shots, three assists and just one turnover.
Tyree expects good things this season for both himself and his teammates.
"I'm expecting big things, we got a lot of guys coming back," Tyree said. "The departure of Lance (Stephenson) and Deonta (Vaughn) hurts a little bit, but we have a lot coming back. I am feeling good, got another eligibility season so I'm happy about that and with Cashmere (Wright) and (Jaquan) Parker returning back, practice is going to be fun."
Next up was Dion Dixon and Yancy Gates, both arriving late for their game with Mansoor Law Office. It was a tale of two halves for Dixon he managed just four points in the first half, but did show some nice vision with the ball and hooked up with Gates for a nice screen and roll that sent Yancy to the free throw line.
In the second half Dixon caught fire as he dropped in two long three point shots and threw down an emphatic windmill dunk off the fast-break. Dixon finished the game with 18 points, four rebounds and two turnovers in 16 minutes, while shooting 50 percent from the field and a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line.
Gates started slow, missing his first two shots badly and looking sluggish on defense. As the game went on, Yancy established himself on the block. He connected on three post opportunities for lay-ups and threw down a hard slam off a beautiful pass from his teammate. It was the Yancy we have seen for the past two years with glimpses of brilliance, and lapses on the court. He finished with nine points on nine shots, while grabbing six rebounds and committing two turnovers in 14 minutes.
The freshman Jackson was all over the court. His athleticism is through the roof, but he is still raw and looked young at times. He needs to work on his shooting, as he went 7-17 from the field, as well as his ball control with his five turnovers in the game. He was the guy that stood out on the court, and you can see the potential that lies within him, but he has multiple things to work on as the season creeps closer.
"I'm trying to get better, that's all," Jackson said. "I need to work on my attitude and my post skills and all my stuff. I get mad too easily, so I need to work on that."
Jackson finished with 16 points, eight rebounds (five offensive) and one block.
Sean Kilpatrick has the speed and body to play in the Big East, he just needs to work on finishing when he gets to the basket. Most of his nine misses on the day came from inside six feet from the basket. But he showed an ability to shoot from the outside going two of three from downtown. Kilpatrick showed a nice cross over in the first half, but failed to make the lay-up. He finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers as he played the entire 30 minutes.
Anthony McBride showed mixed results. He showed a good left hand and was able to get to the hoop. He also drained a NBA range three pointer mid-way through the first half. His second half wasn't as impressive, but fatigue could have played a factor, as SLATS had just six players. McBride totaled 11 points on five of ten shooting and six rebounds in 27 minutes.