Cincinnati, Ohio (USC Upstate) – Sean Kilpatrick hit six three-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Cincinnati to an 86-50 victory over USC Upstate Tuesday night from Fifth Third Arena.
Tory Caupain and Ge’Lawn Guyn each finished with 15 points to help the Bearcats improve to 7-0.
Ricardo Glenn led Upstate with 12 points and Torrey Craig and Mario Blessing each added 10 points apiece.
Cincinnati held USC Upstate scoreless for an 8:45 stretch early in the second half and scored 21 unanswered points to turn a nine-point lead into a 68-39 advantage with just under nine minutes remaining. The Bearcats would go on to lead by as many as 39 points and limit Upstate to six field goals in the second half.
Cincinnati opened the game on a 10-0 run over the first 2:02 behind eight points from Guyn. USC Upstate answered with an 8-0 run of its own over the next 2:53 capped by back-to-back baskets from Craig to pull the Spartans within two points.
The Bearcats used a 16-5 run thereafter to push their lead out to 13 points midway through the half after Titus Rubles gave Cincinnati its biggest lead of the period following a pair of free throws. Upstate responded with a 19-6 run over the next 6:33 to even the score at 32-32 capped by a three-pointer from Blessing.
Cincinnati forced Upstate into four turnovers over the final 2:38 of the first half and used an 11-1 run during that stretch to gain a 43-34 advantage at halftime. Upstate finished the game with a season-high 22 turnovers and Cincinnati turned those miscues into 33 points.
USC Upstate returns to action Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. when the Spartans host UNC Asheville at the Hodge Center.
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