Cincinnati 62, Seton Hall 57
Dion Dixon scored 20 points and Cashmere Wright added 13 for a
Cincinnati team that never trailed in a 62-57 Big East win over
Seton Hall on Saturday.
JaQuon Parker also reached double figures with 12 points for the
Bearcats, who jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 4:16 before a
near-sellout crowd of 13,003, 173 short of capacity at Fifth Third
Cincinnati (19-8, 9-5) has won two straight and three out of
four going into a conference matchup Thursday with No. 19
Louisville in Cincinnati.
Fuquan Edwin and Jordan Theodore each scored 15 points for the
streaky Pirates (18-9, 7-8), who had won three straight after a
six-game losing streak. They are scheduled to face 10th-ranked
Georgetown at home on Tuesday.
Herb Pope scored six points in the second half to finish with 10
for Seton Hall.
Cincinnati led by 14 points, 44-30, with 14:35 left in the
second half before Seton Hall cut the lead to four points twice in
the last 30 seconds, but Dixon made two free throws and Parker addd
one – all on the front end of bonus situations – to hold off the
Cincinnati made six of its first 10 3-pointers to open a 30-15
lead with 5:31 left in the first half against the Big East’s
second-best 3-point defense. The Bearcats settled for a 37-28
halftime lead behind Dixon’s 11 points and 10 from Wright.
Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates, who was suspended for six games for
his part in the brawl that ended Cincinnati’s 76-53 loss at Xavier
on Dec. 10 with 34 seconds left, drew a technical in this one after
vehemently ripping the ball away from Theodore. The two were
wrestling for a rebound with 4:54 left in the first half.