Bearcats Survive Upset Bid By UCF
No. 1 Cincinnati 61, No. 9 UCF 58
Records: Cincinnati 27-5, UCF 13-18
Cincinnati advances to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship, where they will face the winner of No. 4 UConn and No. 5 Memphis. That game will be 8 p.m. (CT) on Friday on ESPN2.
The Bearcats defeated the Knights for the third time this season.
Cincinnati used a 22-4 run in the first half to take a 26-14 lead, but UCF finished the half on a 13-4 run to make it a five-point Bearcats lead at halftime.
Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick scored in double digits for the 22nd straight game, finishing with a team-high 21 points. Kilpatrick led the Bearcats in points, rebounds, steals and assists, the first time all season Kilpatrick led the team in all four categories. Kilpatrick has been Cincinnati’s leading scorer in the last 18 games.
Cincinnati forward Titus Rubles set a career high with four blocks.
UCF guard Isaiah Sykes had a game-high 21 points. In two tournament games, he averaged 28.5 points, the highest scoring average thus far at the Championship. Sykes has scored in double figures in his last 11 games.
UCF forward Kelsey Wilson had 11 points, reaching double figures for the 18th time this season.
Four of the five games at the American Athletic Conference Championship have been decided by four or less points.