Mar 9, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Dion Waiters (3) dribbles the ball against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the first half of the semifinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Cincinnati advacnes to the finals of the Big East Tournament


In a game that came down to the wire, the Cincinnati Bearcats held off a violent comeback by the Syracuse Orange by a score of 71-68. The Bearcats will play the winner of the Notre Dame/ Louisville game coming up in a few minutes.

Cincinnati was up most of the game by double-digits, but a strong comeback at the end made this game very interesting. They were led by Dion Waiters, who came off the bench and had 28 points. He was 7-10 from the 3 point line, and was in amazing form. I am excited to see what he can do for the Orange later down in the NCAA Tournament. But for now, I’m happy they will not be in the finals.

Here’s the box score from the game.

Cincinnati Bearcats

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Yancy Gates, F 37 6-13 0-0 6-8 5 7 1 0 0 2 1 18
Dion Dixon, G 37 5-8 1-3 0-1 0 3 1 3 1 1 2 11
Cashmere Wright, G 38 4-11 3-9 0-0 0 5 8 1 0 5 5 11
Sean Kilpatrick, G 38 6-10 6-9 0-0 1 3 5 5 0 3 1 18
Jaquon Parker, G 31 2-8 0-1 5-7 2 8 0 2 0 1 1 9
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Justin Jackson, F 16 2-4 0-0 0-2 4 4 2 0 3 2 4 4
Cheikh Mbodj, C 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
25-55 10-22 11-18 13 31 17 11 4 14 14 71
45.5% 45.5% 61.1%

Syracuse Orange

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kris Joseph, F 33 2-6 2-6 3-4 0 0 1 1 0 4 2 9
C.J. Fair, F 22 1-3 0-0 0-0 5 11 1 1 0 1 3 2
Fab Melo, C 33 5-9 0-0 1-4 7 8 3 1 0 2 0 11
Scoop Jardine, G 26 2-3 2-3 0-0 0 3 2 1 0 5 5 6
Brandon Triche, G 27 4-13 1-5 0-2 2 2 4 2 0 2 1 9
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
James Southerland, F 23 1-7 1-5 0-0 0 6 0 1 3 0 1 3
Dion Waiters, G 32 8-16 7-10 5-6 0 2 4 2 1 1 2 28
Baye Keita, C 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Carter-Williams, G 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Rakeem Christmas, F 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
23-57 13-29 9-16 14 32 15 9 4 15 16 68
40.4% 44.8% 56.3%

 

 

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