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.