Good news: There were no blown leads this game. Bad news: The Cincinnati Bearcats took control of the game from the get go to end up with a fairly easy 81-66 victory over the Providence Friars. Despite falling in a hole early on, PC admirably fought back late in the 2nd, but once again couldn’t get over the hump in the last several minutes of the game.
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.
The Bearcats killed Providence on the glass, Yancy Gates scored inside and had numerous posterizing dunks, and Sean Killpatrick shouldered the bulk of the scoring with 22 points. Cincinnati didn’t shoot particularly well in the 2nd, but they got numerous 2nd chances and got to the line often to withstand the late Vincent Council run.
Bryce Cotton went scoreless (ICE, come on bro!), shooting 0-5 from downtown and 0-6 overall. Henton and Council were only two who produced offensively, accounting for 53 of the 66 team’s points. At least Henton apparently had a good time feeling up Cashmere Wright. So wrong, but it feels so wright. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (H/T @PCDen).