The Cincinnati Bearcats ended 2010 with a perfect record as they blew out the Seton Hall Pirates Friday night, 70-53. The win not only maintained UC's perfect overall record but also moved them to 2-0 in the Big East Conference.
The season-opening win streak is the longest for Cincinnati (14-0) since the 1998-1999 team opened 15-0. The win streak is the Bearcats' longest in any one season since the 2001-2002 team won 20 straight.
The 'Cats managed to keep their perfect record intact by relying the same tenacious defense and depth that has seen carried them the entire season. The top scoring defense in the Big East held Seton Hall to 33% shooting from the field and only 53 points.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 14 points while Ibrahima Thomas scored 12 points. Thomas, the Oklahoma State transfer center, just missed his third double-double of the season and fourth of his career with nine rebounds, before fouling out.
Rashad Bishop added 10 points as Cincinnati improved to 2-0 in Big East for just the second time in six seasons in the conference. The Bearcats also were 2-0 last season. They have won their first two Big East matchups of the season by 16 and 17 points, respectively.
The Bearcats have shown no signs of slowing as they head into the heart of their conference schedule. First, however, they take a break from conference play to face the hated Xavier Musketeers on January 6 in the Crosstown Shootout.
Stay tuned in the coming week for Shootout write-ups.
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