No. 10 Bearcats shake off Houston for 73-62 win

Feb 15, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats forward Justin Jackson reacts from the bench in the second half against the Houston Cougars at FifthThird Arena.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points and Justin Jackson overcame foul problems to add 13 points, all in the second half, and the No. 10 Cincinnati Bearcats shook off Houston for a 73-62 win on Saturday.

Sophomore forward Shaquille Thomas added 11 for the Bearcats (23-3 12-1 American Athletic Conference), who were playing their first game since having a 15-game winning streak snapped with a 76-55 loss at SMU on Feb. 8.

Freshman forward Danrad Knowles scored 11 points to lead Houston (12-13, 4-8), which has lost six of its past seven and eight of its past 10 games, led Houston with 11 points. Sophomore guard L.J. Rose, sophomore forward Danuel House and junior forward TaShawn Thomas each added 10 for the Cougars.

The lead changed hands throughout, the last when Kilpatrick — who fell one point shy of matching his season high — gave Cincinnati a 58-57 lead on a driving layup with 6:30 left. Jackson followed with a dunk and Ge’Lawn Guyn added back-to-back 3-pointers as Cincinnati ended the game with an 18-5 run.

The game drew a crowd of 13,176, Cincinnati’s first sellout since a 60-56 win over then-Big East-rival Louisville on Feb. 23, 2012. The 13th-ranked Cardinals are scheduled to be at Cincy for a key AAC matchup next Saturday.

Kilpatrick scored nine points in the first half, five while Cincinnati was ending the half with a 7-0 run for a 29-28 lead. That came after the Cougars had used a 9-1 run to open up the biggest lead for either team before intermission 28-24 with 2:54 remaining.