Sometimes teams have trouble focusing in the easier parts of their schedule. Not the Bearcats, Cashmere Wright and co. were in the same zone they’ve been in all season.
“Coach Cronin believes it doesn't matter who you play,” said Cashmere Wright after Cincinnati’s thumping of Maryland Eastern Shore. “Everybody can beat you. That's how he approaches practice and walkthroughs.”
Wright was as focused as he’s ever been, hitting all 5 threes that he attempted in the first half. “Coach is giving me the green light to shoot,” Wright said.
Bearcats fans shouldn’t be expecting that light to turn yellow anytime soon.
The Bearcats put away the Hawks early on with hot shooting from Wright and Kilpatrick. The duo outscored the Hawks 34 to 23 in the first half.
The rest of the Bearcats showed up as well, as they limited Maryland Eastern Shore to 18% from the field in the first half. Cincinnati’s 8 three pointers outnumbered the Hawks’ 7 field goals in the first half.
After taking a 52-23 lead at half, the Cats came out hot in the second half behind some solid minutes from Redshirt Freshman Shaquille Thomas. Shaq logged career highs in points (11), rebounds (7), and minutes (22). Not only that, but he had an aura of confidence around him that seems to be growing every game. Shaquille also hooked up with Cashmere Wright with three spectacular dunks, channeling his inner James White.
Cincinnati consistently held around a 30 point lead in the second half, allowing the starters to head to the bench with roughly 6 minutes left in the game.
Kilpatrick ended the night going 10-15 from the field with 23 points, with Cashmere Wright right behind him at 20 points and 9 assists.
“I'm not even quite happy with this win today, I mean we won but I feel like we can do ten times better than we are doing.” said Kilpatrick.
92 points and ten players logging double digit minutes would say otherwise. Jaquon Parker and Justin Jackson also had solid games with 12 and 9 points respectively.
In the closing seconds the Cincinnati student section erupted with a loud “We love Cronin” chant, showing support for their loyal coach. The Bearcats have a week before their next game in West Virginia, versus Marshall.