Cincinnati Falters Late In Loss

The No. 15 Georgetown Hoyas came into and left Cincinnati on Friday night as the hottest team in the Big East. Georgetown defeated the Bearcats 62-55 in Cincinnati’s biggest home game of the season.

Georgetown led 31-25 at halftime, despite Cincinnati shooting 1-11 from 3pt and 8-17 from the free throw line. Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 7 points at half. Cincinnati’s aggressiveness on offense really showed tonight as all 5 of Georgetown’s starters had 2 fouls each at half time.

Despite the putrid shooting, Cincinnati’s aggressiveness on offense and defense kept them within 6 at half time.

Georgetown came out hot in the second half and extended their lead to 11 points, before Cincinnati fought back to take the lead 51-50 with 6:54 remaining.

It’s no surprise in a very physical game that Jaquon Parker was the leader down the stretch for the Bearcats as he had 11 straight points. Cincinnati would go the next 6:22 without a field goal made and lose the game 62-55. The Bearcats seemed to abandon their aggressive offense the last 5 minutes to settle for a few questionable threes that did not fall.

Markel Starks and Otto Porter Jr. led the Hoyas with 17 and 16 points each, and both hit huge shots down the stretch. Guard D’Vauntes Smite-Rivera came off the bench and added 14 points as well for the Hoyas. Georgetown took advantage of all Bearcat mistakes on defense and had many open layups.

Jaquon Parker led the Bearcats with 15 points while shooting an efficient 4 of 9 from the field. He also shot 6 of 9 from the free throw line. Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright each scored 12 points, but combined to shoot 8 of 27 (29%) from the field.

Cheikh Mbodj added 5 blocks, while Justin Jackson had 3 for himself. Cincinnati ended the night shooting 4-24 (16%) from 3pt range and 17-30 (56%) from the free throw line.

It doesn’t get any easier for the7-6 Bearcats as they head on the road for two straight vs Connecticut and Notre Dame. Cincinnati will face Connecticut first on Thursday night at 7pm.

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