Cincinnati continued its funk as they fell to the Connecticut Huskies 73-66 on the road for their 2nd straight loss and 4th loss in their last 5 games.
The Bearcats had a little control late in the game, but again lost in the final minutes because of mental mistakes and bad offensive decision making.
Connecticut took a 37-34 lead at halftime because of their hot three point shooting, while Cincinnati ran an efficient offense all half. The Huskies responded at all opportunities with three pointers from Boatright, Daniels, and Napier. Cincinnati was led by solid play from Wright, Kilpatrick, and Parker.
The second half was back and forth but Cincinnati seemed to be in decent shape with a 53-49 lead with only 3 minutes remaining.
The final minutes were a bunch of missed three point shots for Cincinnati and a turnover by Cashmere Wright that gave the Huskies a chance to win it before the end of regulation. A solid Cincinnati defensive effort left the game at 55-55 and sent it to over time.
Connecticut outscored Cincinnati 18 to 11 in the overtime period, where Shabazz Napier added 11 points by himself from three insane three pointers and a few free throws. The Bearcats showed a lot of heart and played tough, but Connecticut’s shooting eventually buried Cincinnati.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points, while Parker added 14 and Wright added 10. The team as a whole shot 41% and out-rebounded Connecticut 34 to 20 and 13 to 4 offensively. Those huge advantages would make one think the Bearcats would run away with this one, but Connecticut shot 10-19 from three point range and shot 17 more free throws than the Bearcats.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Bearcats as they head to Notre Dame to face the No. 25 Fighting Irish on Sunday at 2pm.