Cincinnati leads from start, tops Seton Hall 62-57Saturday, Feb 18, 2012
JaQuon Parker also reached double figures with 12 points for the Bearcats, who jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 4:16 before a near-sellout crowd of 13,003, 173 short of capacity at Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati (19-8, 9-5) has won two straight and three out of four going into a conference matchup Thursday with No. 19 Louisville in Cincinnati.
Fuquan Edwin and Jordan Theodore each scored 15 points for the streaky Pirates (18-9, 7-8), who had won three straight after a six-game losing streak. They are scheduled to face 10th-ranked Georgetown at home on Tuesday.
Herb Pope scored six points in the second half to finish with 10 for Seton Hall.
Cincinnati led by 14 points, 44-30, with 14:35 left in the second half before Seton Hall cut the lead to four points twice in the last 30 seconds, but Dixon made two free throws and Parker addd one—all on the front end of bonus situations—to hold off the Pirates.
Cincinnati made six of its first 10 3-pointers to open a 30-15 lead with 5:31 left in the first half against the Big East’s second-best 3-point defense. The Bearcats settled for a 37-28 halftime lead behind Dixon’s 11 points and 10 from Wright.
Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates, who was suspended for six games for his part in the brawl that ended Cincinnati’s 76-53 loss at Xavier on Dec. 10 with 34 seconds left, drew a technical in this one after vehemently ripping the ball away from Theodore. The two were wrestling for a rebound with 4:54 left in the first half.