Cincinnati 81, Providence 66
Yancy Gates had 16 points and nine rebounds, giving Cincinnati a
consistent inside scoring threat on Wednesday night, and the
Bearcats built a 24-point lead before holding on for an 81-66
victory over Providence.
Cincinnati (18-8, 8-5 Big East) repeatedly drove through the
Friars’ half-court defense for layups, with its power forward
leading the way. He had a dunk for the Bearcats’ first basket, part
of an opening 13-6 run.
Sean Kilpatrick had 21 points for Cincinnati, which led by as
many as 24 in the second half. The Bearcats sweated out a
Providence surge that cut it to 66-59 with 4:22 to go.
Providence (13-14, 2-12) has lost four in a row and eight of its
last nine, dropping the Friars into last place in the Big East.
Vincent Council led the Friars with 29 points, 21 of them in the
second half. LaDontae Henton added 24.
Lately, the Friars have played teams close, only to fade at the
end with a lineup that has little depth – 3-point leader Bryce
Cotton averages just under 40 minutes per game, as does Council.
Henton averages 38 minutes per game.
That’s a lot of time on court, and it tends to show at the
In this one, the start was the big problem.
The Bearcats opened with the 13-6 run led by Gates and point
guard Cashmere Wright, who had a driving basket, two steals and two
assists in the spurt.
Cincinnati had been in a rough stretch lately, losing four of
its previous six while falling to seventh in the league. The
Bearcats were coming off a 95-78 loss at Marquette, the most points
a Cincinnati team had allowed in nearly four years. They had little
problem getting comfortably ahead of the Friars.
The Friars held down Cincinnati’s 3-point shooting, but paid a
price. The Bearcats found a lot of room to drive through the lane
for layups, scoring 26 points in the paint while pulling ahead
41-25 by halftime. Cincinnati shot 53 percent from the field in the
Henton led the Friars with 14 points in the half, the only
consistent threat for a team that’s one of the league leaders in
The Bearcats stretched the lead to 54-30 in the second half
before Providence started hitting 3s. Council made a pair of 3s,
two free throws and a fast-break layup during a 15-2 run that cut
the lead to 56-45 with 11:01 left, giving Providence a spark.
Henton had a 3-pointer and a driving layup during a seven-point
spurt that got the lead down to 66-59 with 4:25 left. Wright hit a
pair of free throws that ended the comeback.