Cincinnati barely overcame a late collapse as Providence cut an eleven point lead to three with 6.6 seconds left before freshman Jaquon Parker sealed the game with a free throw to put the Bearcats up four and move Cincinnati to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in the Big East conference.
This has started to become a trend as the Bearcats must get better in late game situations to achieve the goals this team has set for this season.
Cincinnati got great depth in the victory offensively with five Bearcats scored in double digits in the contest. The Bearcats also shot 57.1 percent from the field and an impressive 8 of 18 from three point range, which is 44.4 percent.
Everything wasn’t great though has Cincinnati struggled mightily at the free throw line going 20 of 41 a miserable 48.8 percent from the charity stripe for a team who is 14th in the Big East in free throw shooting. The free throw shooting is a big problem that must be corrected if this team has hopes of going to the NCAA tournament.
Redshirt freshman point guard Cashmere Wright led the way for Cincinnati by scoring a career high 24 points on nine of eleven shooting, including three of four from three point range. Wright also added five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in his coming out party as it appears the game has started to slow down for the freshman.
Other Bearcats who scored in double figures were Rashad Bishop, Deonta Vaughn, Darnell Wilks, and Lance Stephenson. Bishop scored 16 points on the night on just six of nine shooting, including three of three from three point range. Stephenson who didn’t start as he is still coming off an ankle injury scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in just 22 minutes of action. Wilks also gave great bench production as he scored ten points and grabbed four rebounds in just 16 minutes of action.
Cincinnati will get back at it Thursday night as they travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 9 PM.
Cincinnati beat Notre Dame earlier in the season and must overcame their road struggles to try to get this win. This is a resume building type game for the NCAA committee to consider, if Cincinnati would need a at large bid for the NCAA Tournament.