CINCINNATI Cashmere Wright (6'0''-G-90) s buzzer-beating jump shot lifted No. 17/16 University of Cincinnati (7-0) to a 58-56 win over Alabama (6-1) Saturday at Fifth Third Arena.
With six seconds left and the score tied at 56-56, Wright took an inbounds from pass from Titus Rubles and dribbled three-quarters the length of the floor all the way to the left baseline and hit a step-back fade-away jumper over Alabama 7-footer Moussa Gueye (7'0''-C-88) as the game clock expired.
Wright, who finished the game with eight points, and Sean Kilpatrick, who totaled a team-best 13 points, each toppled the 1,000-career point total. The only other time a pair of Bearcats reached 1,000 career points in the same game was Danny Fortson and Darnell Burton on Feb. 29, 1996 against Memphis.
JaQuon Parker (6'3''-G-90) also tallied 13 points while hauling in a team-high six rebounds. Rubles was the third Bearcat to reach double digits with 10 points off the bench.
The Bearcats scored the first seven points of the game, capped by a Wright fast-break reverse layup at the 17:03 mark that gave him his 1,000th-career point.
A 6-0 UC run capped off by a Rubles steal and fast-break layup put the Bearcats in front 17-4 at 11:30 mark of first half, at which point the Crimson Tide had more turnovers (eight) than shots from the field (seven).
Alabama guard Trevor Lacy scored seven points during a 12-2 Crimson Tide run that cut Cincinnatis lead to 19-16 with 6:11 remaining in the first half.
With 3:53 left in the first half, Kilpatrick made a pair of free throws for his 1,000th career point, which increased UCs lead to 27-20.
Cheikh Mbodjs layup with 3:20 left in the first marked six straight points for the Bearcats and gave them a 29-20 lead.
Crimson Tide point guard Trevor Relefords 3-pointer at the buzzer made the score 33-27 Bearcats at the half.
Rubles and Mbodj led the Bearcats with eight first-half points.
Cincinnati forced 16 Alabama turnovers, including 10 in the first half, which resulted in 16 points and a 33-27 halftime lead.
Alabama went on a 9-4 run to start the second half and took its first lead, 38-37, at the 14:16 mark on a jumper by Lacy, who led all scorers with 16 points.
After UC led the entire first half and the first 5:44 of the second half, the Bearcats and Crimson Tide had eight lead changes and five ties in the final minutes of the game.
After grabbing four offensive rebounds on one trip down the floor, a Kilpatrick layup gave the Bearcats a short-lived 43-40 lead before Releford made a 3-point play to tie the score with 11:28 left.
After a Releford layup gave Alabama a two-point lead, Kilpatrick quickly made a fast-break layup while getting fouled tied score 56-56 with 41.4 seconds left.
After Kilpatricks potential go-ahead free-throw was off target, Alabama called a timeout with 30.7 seconds left in the game and 25 ticks remaining on the shot clock. Following the timeout, Teleford left the clock run down before driving to his left and attempting a layup that was swatted away by junior forward Justin Jackson, which was recovered by the Bearcats, who called a timeout and set up Wrights game-winner.
Cincinnati's next game is Thursday at 7 p.m. against Arkansas-Little Rock at Fifth Third Arena. The contest will be televised live on FOX Sports Ohio. Courtesy of: http://www.gobearcats.com
No. 10 Creighton Men's Basketball Breezes By Longwood, 113-58 - 4 hours ago
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Six different Bluejays finished in double figures as the 10th ranked Creighton men's basketball team breezed by Longwood, 113-58 on Friday, Dec. 9. Creighton (10-0) became the first team in the nation to 10 victories with the win, while Longwood fell to 2-5 overall. Saturday's outcome wasn't quite decided in the first five minutes, but the trajectory of the game was clear. Longwood scored the first bucket of the game on the Lancers opening possession, then Creighton went off. The Bluejays... [read more]
Six different Bluejays finished in double figures as the 10th ranked Creighton men's basketball team breezed by Longwood, 113-58 on Friday, Dec. 9. Creighton (10-0) became the first team in the nation to 10 victories with the win, while Longwood fell to 2-5 overall. Saturday's outcome wasn't quite decided in the first five minutes, but the trajectory of the game was clear. Longwood scored the first bucket of the game on the Lancers opening possession, then Creighton went off. The Bluejays scored the next 11 points, eight from sophomore Khyri Thomas (6'4''-SG-96), to bounce out to an 11-2 edge (16:42). After a Lancer three-pointer, Creighton responded with long balls by senior Isaiah Zierden (6'2''-G-93) and Maurice Watson (5'10''-PG-93) Jr. to make it 17-5 with less than five minutes coming off the clock. Up 20 at 44-24 with 5:11 left in the opening period, Creighton closed the half on a 18-1 run, getting contributions from six different players. Junior Toby Hegner led the flurry with eight during the four minutes. The Bluejays shots 69% from the field in the first 20 minutes of play, going 22-of-32 from the field, including 9-of-14 (64%) from beyond the arc. Creighton featured its deep reserve corps in the second half as junior Tyler Clement (6'1''-G-94) and freshman Martin Krampelj (6'8''-SF-95) each played a team-high 12 minutes. Krampelj recorded nine points and eight rebounds in the half as the 55-point win was the Bluejays' largest since Creighton down Texas-Arlington 106-50 in 2002. Overall the 55-point victory is tied for the third largest margin of victory in school history, and were a CenturyLink Center Omaha record. The 62-point first half marked the most points scored in one period in the CenturyLink Center, eclipsing a two 61-point efforts by the Bluejays against Houston Baptist (2nd half) on Dec. 17, 2007 and versus Texas-San Antonio (1st half) on Nov. 17, 2015. The Bluejays were led by 16 points and nine rebounds from Thomas, while junior Marcus Foster (6'3''-G-95) also delivered 16. The other four Bluejays in double-figures were Krampelj (11), Hegner (10), Watson (10) and Zierden (10). Longwood got 12 points from Khris Lane (6'6''-F) and JaShaun Smith (6'5''-F-98) in a losing effort. Creighton returns to the hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 17 as the Bluejays host Oral Roberts at 7:00 pm. Courtesy of: klkntv.com
St. John's to lose center to transfer - 21 hours ago
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Yankuba Sima (6'11''-C-96) will transfer out of the St. John's program, the school announced on Friday. 'I want to thank the coaching staff and the administration for all of their support since I arrived at St. John's,' said Sima. 'I enjoyed my experience at St. John's, but right now I feel it is best for me to explore options that will be a better fit for me as I work toward my goals.' 'We wish Yankuba the best of luck,' said head coach Chris Mullin . 'I know this wasn't an easy decision... [read more]
Yankuba Sima (6'11''-C-96) will transfer out of the St. John's program, the school announced on Friday. 'I want to thank the coaching staff and the administration for all of their support since I arrived at St. John's,' said Sima. 'I enjoyed my experience at St. John's, but right now I feel it is best for me to explore options that will be a better fit for me as I work toward my goals.' 'We wish Yankuba the best of luck,' said head coach Chris Mullin . 'I know this wasn't an easy decision for him, but we respect and understand it. He's a good basketball player and a good person with a bright future ahead.' Sima started 26 of the 34 games he played with the Johnnies, including eight starts this season. He was averaging 6.0 points and 3.5 boards this year. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
Boulder, CO - It was locally noted that the resume of 13th ranked Xavier Musketeers (7-2) includes 14 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 15 seasons, six Sweet 16 visits and two appearances in the Elite Eight so one could see why playing against the University of Colorado Buffaloes would have an electric atmosphere. The Buffs (now at 7-2) seemed to be a team seeking consistency before beginning the Pac-12 conference season. Xavier is led by Preseason First Team All-Big East Conferenc... [read more]
Boulder, CO - It was locally noted that the resume of 13th ranked Xavier Musketeers (7-2) includes 14 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 15 seasons, six Sweet 16 visits and two appearances in the Elite Eight so one could see why playing against the University of Colorado Buffaloes would have an electric atmosphere. The Buffs (now at 7-2) seemed to be a team seeking consistency before beginning the Pac-12 conference season.
Xavier is led by Preseason First Team All-Big East Conference selection Edmond Sumner (6'6''-G-95). A sophomore, Sumner is an ideal 6-6, 186-pound point guard and was named to the 'watch list' for the 2017 Bob Cousy Award which recognizes the top point guard in basketball each season. Most scouts see him as a probable NBA First Round Draft selection. To begin any conversation about Sumner, his physical attributes surface first. He has height and length coveted to see over defenders and has elite quickness. Balance, hands, and foot work are also exceptional qualities for Sumner, giving him a pro-ready ability to play the pick-and-roll by getting to rim with a very capable finishing touch, finding the open man (4.3 assists per game) or shooting (49% FG). He is elusive in the paint with adept ball-handling and superior body control. These same talents and skills allow Sumner to create a shot if needed.
Sumner likes to push in transition, keeps his eyes up for total court vision and is a willing passer. He moves well and doesn't need the ball in his hands but that is where he is most effective. On defense, he is outstanding due to his length and extraordinary quick lateral movement leading to average of almost two steals and 4.8 rebounds per game. Sumner's athleticism makes him tough to be screened and he competes hard. The young man has a bright future.
The Musketeers led at half 31-28 with both teams committed to tough, aggressive defense. Xavier shot 37 FG% to Colorado's 34 FG% but the Buffs seemed to gain some confidence by hitting their last 3 point shots of the half after struggling early. Trevon Bluiett, another gifted Xavier guard, was the leading scorer at half with 12 points and was the game's high scorer with 27.
Bluiett, a 6-6 junior guard, is a solid shooter and rebounder (6.3 rpg) and tends to contribute mostly from the perimeter on offense. He does not display the superior athleticism as others across the country playing his position, but he does have the length and physical frame for the next level. Bluiett is frequently listed as a top 50 NBA prospect. His aptitude in passing and rebounding give him an all-around effective game. If his defense and basketball IQ continue to expand he will have options at the next level.
For this game, Bluiett's shot selection seems to be primarily from the perimeter and he can shoot with 3-point range. Overall, he scores around 18 ppg and can draw fouls (83 FT%) when he drives to the basket. He does not have great form as a shooter, but it works for him. Very competitive, Bluiett didn't demonstrate great explosiveness against CU but wasn't afraid of contact or even creating it. Overall, Bluiett is another outstanding guard that Xavier seems to frequently produce.
Early in the second half and down eight points, Colorado went on a scoring run of 15 straight points to gain the lead and never looked back in a 68-66 win, a nice home victory against a quality opponent in Xavier. They seemed to find their long-range shooting touch. Senior forward, Xavier Johnson (6-7, 225 lbs) had a noticeable all-around game with 18 points (7-of- 11 FG) including 3-of-4 from 3-point range to go along with seven rebounds.
Johnson is an intriguing player with length and good athleticism who can shoot, rebound, and will play defense. He is a slasher and finisher on offense, an adequate ball-handler and is someone to watch this season as a senior leader on a competitive team.
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