Cincinnati keeps title hopes alive

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

CINCINNATI -- It didn't look like Cincinnati would have to sweat much after building a 20-point halftime lead against UConn.

But the Huskies made the Bearcats earn every bit of this one. Isaiah Pead scored on a 13-yard run on 4th and 1 with 1:52 left to give Cincinnati a 47-38 lead. Connecticut came back for another score with 13 seconds left, but Charley Howard recovered the onside kick for the Bearcats to cap the wild and wooly 47-45 win.

Cincinnati improved to 9-0 and 5-0 in the Big East, but this was by far its toughest game of the season against an incredibly resilient opponent. The Bearcats now must answer questions about their defense, but they're just happy to face those queries after a win and not a season-crushing loss.