Bearcats Bounce Villanova

AP Basketball Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Yancy Gates scored 16 points and Dion Dixon

had 14 to lead Cincinnati to a 72-68 win over Villanova on Saturday

in the final game for both teams before the Big East tournament.

The Bearcats (22-9, 12-6) got late 3s from Sean Kilpatrick and

JaQuon Parker to snap a tie game and send them to their fifth win

in six games. Kilpatrick had 13 points and Parker 11.

Maalik Wayns led Villanova (12-18, 5-13) with 26 points and

Mouphtaou Yarou scored 16. After making 12 of 18 3-pointers in a

win against Rutgers, the Wildcats followed with an 8 for 22 effort.

The Bearcats made only 7 of 22 but started connecting down the

stretch to put the game away.

Gates became the seventh player in Cincinnati history to reach

1,400 career points and 850 career rebounds. The Bearcats won 12

conference games for the first time since joining the Big East.

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