NEWARK, N.J. -- Cincinnati's ability to get to the free-throw line and convert helped it to secure a 65-59 win over Seton Hall on Saturday before a matinee crowd of 6,961 at The Prudential Center.
The No. 24 Bearcats (18-4, 6-3 Big East Conference) were 21 of 27 from the stripe, compared to just 11 of 18 by Seton Hall.
The 6-3 start in conference play for Cincinnati is its best since it entered the league in 2005.
Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 21 points and Cashmere Wright contributed 17 points, including going 7 of 7 from the line.
Fuquan Edwin and Brandon Mobley paced Seton Hall (13-9, 2-7) with 16 points apiece. The Pirates have lost seven of their last eight games and are 1-3 at home in Big East Conference play.
Cincinnati used a 15-0 run to open the second half to pull away, 48-28. The Pirates didn't score a field goal until almost seven minutes had elapsed in the second half.
Seton Hall mounted a late comeback, getting to within four at 56-52 with 3:30 to play, but the Bearcats went on a 7-0 blitz to move ahead 63-52 with 34 seconds remaining. Kilpatrick's wide open 3-pointer, 1 of 5 for him on the day, got the run going. Normally a good-shooting team from long range, the Pirates converted just 2 of 10 of their 3-point attempts in the first half. Mbodj controlled the low post, blocking four shots and limiting Seton Hall centers Kevin Johnson and Eugene Teague to just six points combined.
The Bearcats snapped a 28-28 deadlock by going on a 5-0 run to end the first half on a 3-pointer from Wright and a layup by Kilpatrick.
Notes: Seton Hall honored the 1992-93 team on the 20th anniversary of winning the Big East Conference regular season and tournament titles, the only time the school has accomplished the feat. ... The Cincinnati victory gave coach Mick Cronin his 200th career victory. He's 131-92 with the Bearcats and 69-24 with Murray State.