For most of the game, Houston and Cincinnati took turns exchanging leads. Every time you looked up at the scoreboard, the score was either tied or one of the teams was leading by a single point. Neither team was quite able to break it open until around the five-minute mark of the second half.
Around that time, senior guard Sean Kilpatrick took over the game by picking up much of the scoring load. He finished with a game-high 28 points. The next closest Bearcat scorer was senior forward Justin Jackson with 13 points.
Similarly to the way he has played for the majority of the college season, Kilpatrick tried to make the most of his attempts from the perimeter while also getting to the free-throw line as much as possible. Eight of his points came by way of the charity stripe and some of them came down the stretch as the team was looking to expand on their growing lead.
Kilpatrick and Cincinnati needed a big bounce back win after thoroughly being knocked off by SMU exactly a week ago. That loss came to the tune of a 21-point butt whipping. In that game, Kilpatrick got his points, but he didn’t shoot well from the field. It didn’t help that his teammates also weren’t able to find a groove either. The next closest scorer was Jackson again, but he wound up fouling out of that contest.
Coming up it won’t be any easier on the Bearcats. Three of their remaining five games are against teams currently ranked in the AP Top-25 Poll as of today: Feb. 22 vs. Louisville, March 1 at Connecticut and March 6 vs. Memphis. They’ll need a lot more than Sean Kilpatrick if they want stay ahead of that group.