UC Bearcats go to 2-0 in Big East
Published 10:38 pm Saturday, January 7, 2012
Aided by Jaquon Parker (King’s Fork) continuing to play well in the Bearcat starting five, Cincinnati rolled to a 71-55 win against visiting Notre Dame Wednesday night.
Parker, a junior guard, drained three-pointers on three of UC’s first four possessions in the second half as the Bearcats built up a 43-26 lead on the Irish. Parker finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
“Yeah, we talked a lot earlier about us being a better offensive team. We should be because we have guys that can make shots and that can beat their guy off the dribble,” said Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin in the postgame press conference.
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“It took us awhile to find our rhythm, and a lot of that is Jaquon Parker. One of the advantages of having Jaquon Parker out there is he allows you to play four guards because of his toughness.” Cronin said.
Cincinnati (12-3, 2-0) has a seven-game winning streak. UC hosts St. John’s on Saturday.
No. 9 Georgetown rallied to edge No. 20 Marquette 73-70 on Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C.
Marquette (12-3, 1-1) led 56-39 with 13:13 remaining. Georgetown (13-1, 3-0) answered, claiming a 68-66 lead with 2:10 to play, and held on for the Big East win.
Marquette forward Davante Gardner (King’s Fork) had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals as a reserve.
Marquette continues on the road and faces No. 1 Syracuse on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Winthrop rolled to a Big South victory Thursday night, beating visiting Radford 70-54.
Radford got out to a 12-4 lead before the Eagles (5-10, 2-2) recovered and then some. Winthrop led 32-26 at halftime and by 21 points with less than three minutes left in the game.
Senior guard Andre Jones (Nansemond River) scored 11 points. Jones has scored in double digits in 17 straight games dating back to last season.
Jones and Eagle power forward George Valentine will be honored for individual career milestones, Jones for surpassing 1,000 points and Valentine for topping 500 rebounds, at Winthrop’s next game, Saturday against VMI.
Andre’s younger sister, Mount Olive junior Andrea Jones (Nansemond River), led Mt. Olive to a 79-73 win at Pfeiffer on Thursday night.
Mt. Olive trailed by 16 in the second half before coming all the way back. Jones scored the tying basket and the go-ahead basket, with 4:40 left in the game, for the Lady Trojans (8-3, 2-0). Jones finished with 22 points and three blocks.
Mt. Olive plays another Conference Carolinas game Saturday at King in Bristol, Tenn.