Free throws help No. 7 Cincinnati escape No. 11 Connecticut

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cincinnati sank six free throws in the last 26 seconds as the No. 7 Bearcats held off No. 22 Connecticut en route to a 63-58 victory Thursday at Fifth Third Arena.

Sean Kilpatrick, Titus Rubles and Jermaine Sanders buried two foul shots each to help the Bearcats (22-2) grab their 15th straight win stay unbeaten in the AAC with a conference-topping 11-0 record.

With the victory, the Bearcats have achieved their best start since the 2001-02 season, when they began 26-2 en route to finishing 31-4 overall, the school record for wins in a season.

Kilpatrick recorded a double-double with 26 points and 12 boards on top of six assists while Justin Jackson added 15 points as the Bearcats made 23 of 50 shots from the floor for 43 percent.

Kilpatrick reached an offensive milestone, becoming just the third player in Cincinnati history to score 1,900 points in his career. He joins Oscar Robertson (2,973) and Steve Logan (1,985).

Shabazz Napier scored 16 points but struggled all game, making just five of 19 attempts from the field. Lasan Kromah added 13 while Niels Giffey had 10 for the Huskies (17-5, 5-4 AAC), who saw an end to their three-game winning run.

Connecticut dominated the first half and took a 31-26 lead at the break, marking the first time Cincinnati trailed at the half at home.

The Huskies then extended their lead to 42-34 on a jumper by Omar Calhoun but the Bearcats retaliated with a 16-6 blast, capped by a three-pointer by Kilpatrick to take the lead for good.

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