Scores

Final

DePaul 66

(11-11, 2-8 Big East)

Cincinnati 74

(16-7, 6-4 Big East)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    7:00 PM ET, February 4, 2012

    Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

    1 2 T
    DEP 38 2866
    CIN 36 3874

    Top Performers

    DePaul: C. Melvin 18 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Cincinnati: S. Kilpatrick 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast

    Cincinnati 74, DePaul 66

    Associated Press

    CINCINNATI -- Dion Dixon and Sean Kilpatrick each scored 16 points and Cashmere Wright scored all 11 of his in the second half to help Cincinnati pull away from DePaul for a 74-66 Big East win on Saturday night.

    Justin Jackson set a career high with 14 points for the Bearcats (16-7, 6-4), who ended the game with a 12-2 run and snapped a three-game losing streak. Yancy Gates also finished in double figures with 11 for Cincinnati.

    Cleveland Melvin scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Blue Demons (11-11, 2-8), who have lost seven of their last eight games. Melvin had his third double-double of the year and second in consecutive games by halftime with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    Jamee Crockett added 17 for DePaul before fouling out with 5:39 left in the game.

    The Blue Demons, who won at Rutgers on Jan. 25, were trying to win back-to-back Big East road games for the first time since January 2007.

    Mistake-prone DePaul committed 18 turnovers, helping Cincinnati enjoy a 22-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

    Crockett, who scored a total of seven points in DePaul's last game, scored eight in the first 4 minutes to help the Blue Demons open up a 9-6 lead. Melvin followed up with 12 in just over 4 minutes as the Blue Demons led by as many as five points twice in the first half.

    The Bearcats, the Big East leaders in 3-point field goals going into the game, missed their first eight before Kilpatrick connected with 7 seconds left in the first half to cut DePaul's halftime lead to 38-36. They went 3 of 15 on 3-pointers for the game.

    The Blue Demons, who were second in the conference in 3-pointers, made just 2 of 10 in the first half and finished 5 of 17 for the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEP
    CIN
    Points 66 74
    FG Made-Attempted 28-59 (.475) 27-60 (.450)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-17 (.294) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-9 (.556) 17-28 (.607)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 10

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