UC Wins A Shootout vs. Providence

CINCINNATI (AP) - Redshirt freshman Cashmere Wright scored a

career-high 24 points, nine of them during a 16-1 run in the second

half that swept Cincinnati to a 92-88 victory over Providence on

Saturday night.

Wright, who had lost his starting job and was benched for a

game, returned to the starting lineup on Saturday and steadied

Cincinnati (14-7, 5-4 Big East) through a wide-open game by making

nine of his 11 shots and getting five assists.

Providence (12-9, 4-5) got the back-and-forth pace it likes, but

couldn't hold on to the ball during the Bearcats' decisive run. The

Friars had five turnovers during the 5-minute spurt.

Cincinnati's poor free-throw shooting (20 of 41) allowed the

Friars to make a late comeback. Sharaud Curry's 3 with 6.6 seconds

left cut it to 91-88, but Jaquon Parker made the second of his two

free throws to clinch it.

Curry finished with 27 points, going 5 of 10 from behind the


The wild game became Wright's breakout game.

He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during

practice and missed all last season. He was the starting point

guard when this season began, but was ineffective and saw his

minutes dwindle. Coach Mick Cronin benched him for a game against

Notre Dame on Jan. 16, unhappy with his effort in practice.

Wright got back into the flow with 12 points during a loss at

Louisville last Sunday, and was back in the starting lineup for the

first time in a dozen games against the Friars.

Cincinnati's main defensive goal was to contain Jamine Peterson,

who leads the conference with 10.3 rebounds per game and averages

17.9 points. Peterson opened the game by hitting an open 3 from the

top of the arc, a sign of things to come.

Providence got the pace it wanted - a lot of shots, a lot of

quick points. The Friars made their first six shots from behind the

arc and nine of their first 10 overall, with Brian McKenzie getting

a putback on their only miss. The Friars pulled ahead 24-16.

Cronin angrily called a timeout after Duke Mondy got an open

3-point shot that completed the quick-shot flurry.

Cincinnati tried to keep pace, making its first six shots

overall. Wright made Cincinnati's first 3, including one from the

top of the arc.

The pace held, with both teams rushing down the floor and taking

open shots. Both acted like defense was optional for long

stretches. It was tied 44-44 at halftime, when Wright already had a

career high with 13 points. Peterson led the Friars with 14 in the


Peterson had 19 points when he picked up his third foul at the

16:02 mark, a significant setback to the Friars. He returned 5

minutes later, when Cincinnati was starting its decisive 16-1 run.

Peterson finished with 19 points.

The Bearcats extended their defense, trapping the Friars' guards

on the perimeter and finally slowing their catch-and-shoot offense.

Providence had five turnovers during Cincinnati's run, which made

it 73-61 with 8:02 to go. The Bearcats' poor free-throw shooting -

and four straight 3s by Curry in the final 1:12 - got the Friars


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