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Providence Round Up
For the longest time, the Providence Friars were finally looking like a team that had hit The Wall Wednesday night at Fifth Third Arena.
- I was particularly impressed with how composed Cincinnati was able to keep themselves. Kilpatrick was uncharacteristically in foul trouble late but no Bearcat had more than 2. The post players (Gates/Mbodj/Jackson) combined for just 7. That’s discipline.
There were some anxious moments when Providence roared back in the second half to reduce a 24-point deficit to seven with 4:26 to play only to see the Bearcats hold on to win by outscoring the Friars, 15-7, in the final 3:43.
Cincinnati was taking care of business for the last 10 minutes of the first half and the first 5 minutes of the second half. They had built a 24 point lead and life was good. Then UC did as they are wont to do in that situation, take their foot off the gas. The Bearcats didn't do much in the way of guarding Providence star Vincent Council. Council responded by dropping in 7 of 8 shots at one point. The Friars cut a 24 point lead to 7. It was pretty intense. Luckily for everyone involved on the happy side, the Friars went cold and Cincinnati was able to add on to their lead, putting PC away 81-66. Uc is now 18-7 on the year, 8-5 in the Big East.
The Friars held down Cincinnati's 3-point shooting, but paid a price. The Bearcats found a lot of room to drive through the lane for layups, scoring 26 points in the paint while pulling ahead 41-25 by halftime. Cincinnati shot 53 percent from the field in the half.
Other Bearcat News
Over the last handful of years, UC head baseball coach Brian Cleary has started to change his points of emphasis, not only when it comes to in-game strategy, but also in recruiting and the make up of his roster. After joining the BIG EAST, he quickly realized that gone were the days of relying on home run hitters because of some bigger ballparks in the league. When the NCAA mandated changes to bats prior to last season, his feelings of emphasizing speed, pitching and defense were magnified. With the make up of the 2012 edition of the Bearcats, UC's 16th year skipper feels this year's team could be a contender.
"I am so incredibly excited to be the next head coach at the University of Cincinnati," said Alvey. "What an amazing opportunity to continue doing what I love and to do it close to my home. There is a clear vision within the UC Athletics Department and a clear direction in which the UC volleyball program is headed. Throughout my interactions with Cincinnati, Director of Athletics Whit Babcock has undoubtedly given a fresh energy to the department in just a short period of time. I am ready to add to that energy."
The University of Cincinnati women's tennis team picked up its first win of the season with a 6-1 victory against Wright State on Wednesday afternoon at the Western Tennis and Fitness Club. The Bearcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by taking two out of the three doubles matches. Safiyya Ismail and Kristina Georgieva sealed the doubles play win with an 8-7 tiebreaking decision over Wright State's Kayla Tuscany and Taylor Hines.