Last night inside Fifth Third Arena, it was the Justin Jackson “block party”. The Senior forward recorded seven blocks, four steals, to go along with 12 points and guard Sean Kilpatrick led the team with 19 points as the Cincinnati Bearcats defeat Central Florida 69-51 on Thursday night.
Cincinnati (18-2, 7-0 AAC) extend its winning streak to 11 games.
Jackson’s denial of UCF player Staphon Blair’s dunk attempt was of the best blocks I’ve seen for him. The defenses as a unit have now blocked 70 shots this season, as turned it on in the second half to pull away from the knights getting nine steals and forcing 14 turnovers.
Senior Titus Rubels added nine points and seven rebounds, as the Bearcats have now held an opponent below 70 points for the 27th consecutive game.
The team led only by three at halftime, after that they came out strong to start the second half to turn the game into a rout.
Junior guard Ge’Lawn Guyn hit a three pointer from the left baseline to give Cincinnati a 10 point lead at 39-29.
A flagrant foul was committed by a UCF player on Shaq Thomas, that rewarded Thomas with two free throws made one of them and the ball back. Then, a layup by Rubels extended the lead to 44-32.
Freshman guard Troy Caupain hit a jumper to give Cincinnati they’re biggest lead in the game at 55-35 with 10 minutes left.
The team will head to Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls on Sunday. Tip-off is at 4pm on CBS Sports Network or you can listen to it on the radio with Dan and Chuck on 700 WLW.
Shout out to the fans that came out last night, a crowd of 10,000 plus.