The University of Cincinnati Bearcats overcame a dazzling second-half shooting display by Temple guard Dalton Pepper and hung on to post their 12th straight victory Sunday. Sean Kilpatrick, who led the Bearcats with a season-high 29 points, made two free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining to break a tie and give UC a 78-76 lead. Temple’s Will Cummings was then called for an offensive foul as he drove the baseline, sending UC’s Kevin Johnson to the free throw line with 0.5 seconds left. Johnson made both free throws and UC walked away with an 80-76 victory at Liacouras Center. Pepper, who scored a career-high 33 points – 27 in the second half – made eight of 13 from long range and tied the game with a 3-pointer with 37.6 seconds left, setting up Kilpatrick’s game-winning free throws. UC played most of the game without forward Justin Jackson, who played only six minutes due to a twisted left ankle. No. 15 UC (19-2, 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference) will face defending champion Louisville on Thursday in Louisville. Temple (5-13, 0-7) has lost eight in a row. UC led by 19 with 12:31 left. The Bearcats surrendered 50 points in the second half and saw their streak of 27 straight games of holding its opponents to 70 points or fewer come to an end. Without Jackson, who averages 11.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots, the Bearcats were down to eight scholarship players. They were down to seven after Shaquille Thomas, who scored a career-high 15 points, fouled out with1:15 remaining. With the score tied at 15-15 midway through the first half, UC outscored Temple, 21-11, to take a 36-26 halftime. Kilpatrick scored 12 points in the first eight and a half minutes and finished the half with 16. He also had five rebounds and two steals.
UC survives Temple comeback, wins 80-76
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jan 26