Cincinnati 101, Radford 70
Point guard Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 25 points, and
Cincinnati won its second straight game with two starters
suspended, beating Radford 101-70 on Saturday.
The Bearcats (7-3) opened with a 12-point run and kept going
against the Highlanders (3-9), who have lost eight in a row.
There was no drama to Cincinnati’s first home game since its
loss at Xavier that ended in a brawl a week earlier. Each school
suspended four players, handing out punishments ranging from one to
The Bearcats were missing power forward Yancy Gates and center
Cheikh Mbodj, serving the second of their six-game suspensions.
Reserve point guard Ge’Lawn Guyn was back after a one-game penalty
and scored five points.
Jareal Smith had 22 points for Radford. Cincinnati scored 100
points for the first time since Dec. 30, 2005, when it beat North
Carolina A&T 105-69 under interim coach Andy Kennedy.
The 4,771 fans at the contest saw a reinvented Cincinnati
offense that’s doing quite well without its two starting front-line
players. Coach Mick Cronin completely changed the Bearcats’ style
with Gates and Mbodj gone, going to a guard-driven approach that
encourages players to take any open shot.
So far, against two overmatched teams, it has worked.
Cincinnati won by 20 points on Wednesday night at Wright State,
with the Bearcats making a season-high 14 3-pointers out of 32
attempts. They shot away again on Saturday and made 60 percent from
the field, including 10 of 21 from behind the arc.
Four players finished in double figures. Sean Kilpatrick added
16 points, Dion Dixon had 15 and Jermaine Sanders scored 12.
The Bearcats can get away with the depleted front line for most
of that six-game span, which includes games against Wright State,
Radford, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Chicago State, Oklahoma and the Big
East opener at Pittsburgh on Jan. 1.
There was no problem against undersized Radford, which couldn’t
keep up in any way with what’s left of the Bearcats. Cincinnati
scored the first 10 points without missing a shot, and had plenty
of wide-open ones during an opening 19-2 run. Guyn scored his first
basket as part of a three-point play that pushed it to 22-5.
Wright’s unguarded 3 built the lead to 34-7 midway through the
first half. It was 47-17 with 4:27 to go before halftime.
Cincinnati scored 55 points in the first half alone, two more than
in its loss at No. 8 Xavier.