Men's Basketball Roundup - Dec. 15


BIG EAST teams went 3-1 on Tuesday night, improving the conference's home record to 86-6 (.935). Cincinnati, DePaul and Rutgers all grabbed wins while No. 20/21 Louisville suffered its first loss of the season.
Cincinnati (9-0) remained one of three unbeaten BIG EAST teams with a 99-54 win against Georgia Southern. Four Bearcats scored 12 points, including Rashad Bishop, Ibrahima Thomas, Yancy Gates and Dion Dixon. UC had two other players in double figures, with Larry Davis adding 11 and Sean Kilpatrick notching 10. The 99 points were the most for Cincinnati under head coach Mick Cronin, and the 9-0 start is the best since 2004-05 when the team won its first 11 games. The Bearcats controlled the game from the start, and built a 50-23 lead by halftime. UC had 26 assists to just nine turnovers in the contest, while the Bearcats' bench outscored the Eagles 42-4.
DePaul (4-6) snapped a two-game skid with a 61-47 win over Milwaukee at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but used a 10-0 run to take the lead for good. Tony Freeland led the team with 14 points while Cleveland Melvin added 11.
Rutgers (7-2) improved to 6-0 at home for the first time since 2005 with a 79-65 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Dane Miller filled the box score with 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Jonathan Mitchell led the Scarlet Knights with 22 points and added six rebounds, helping RU defeat Fairleigh Dickinson for the ninth time in 10 meetings. A late first-half run gave Rutgers a 15-point lead at halftime. The Scarlet Knights then opened the second half on a 7-2 run to put the game away, giving RU a 47-27 advantage. The team would lead by no less than 10 the rest of the way.
No. 20/21 Louisville (8-1) suffered its first loss of the season, 52-46 at the hands of the Drexel Dragons. It was the first loss at the new KFC Yum! Center for the Cardinals, who could not get the offense going against the Dragons' defense. Louisville shot just 31.9 percent from the floor in the game while turning the ball over 12 times as the team struggled in its half-court sets. Drexel outrebounded the Cardinals 46-26, including 14 offensive rebounds that led to 11 second-chance points. UofL missed 11 of its final 12 field goal attempts, including a Mike Marra 3 that would have tied the game at 47. Peyton Siva and Preston Knowles scored 13 points each to lead the Cardinals.
Only one game is on tap Wednesday night, as USF hosts Auburn at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.