Cincinnati defeats Savannah State 54-41

Cincinnati defeats Savannah State 54-41

Published Nov. 24, 2010 8:55 p.m. ET

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Yancy Gates scored 12 points and Cashmere Wright added 11 points to lead Cincinnati to a 54-41 victory over Savannah State on Wednesday night.

Gates grabbed nine rebounds for the Bearcats (4-0), who won despite shooting 34 percent from the field (18 of 53).

Cincinnati led 29-19 at halftime and scored the first six points of the second half for a 35-19 advantage with 17:04 remaining.

Rashad Bishop's 3-pointer gave the Bearcats a 41-24 lead with 12:59 to play. They extended it to 48-28 on Gates' jumper with 4:23 left.

Ibrahima Thomas added eight rebounds for Cincinnati.

This was the fourth of six consecutive home games to open the season for the Bearcats.

The Tigers (1-6), who have lost six consecutive games, were 16 of 42 from the field (38.1 percent).

Jovonni Shuler led the Tigers, who committed 18 turnovers, with 14 points.

Updated November 24, 2010