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Originally published: 2013-11-17 20:25:19
Last modified: 2013-11-17 20:26:16

Cincinnati cruises past App State men's basketball team

by Staff Reports

CINCINNATI - Appalachian State's men's basketball team dropped a 77-49 loss to Cincinnati Saturday at Fifth Third Arena,.
Cincinnati (3-0) went on a late first-half run to pull away from the Mountaineers. Appalachian State (0-3) cut an early 9-0 deficit to 13-11, but could not keep up with the Bearcats.

Cincinnati grabbed its first double-digit lead (22-11) when Troy Caupain hit a layup with 9:03 to go in the first half. The bucket was part of a 14-0 Bearcat run that extended their lead to 27-11 with 7:25 on the clock. Cincinnati claimed a 40-21 halftime lead.

Despite scoring the first two points of the second half on a pair of free throws by Mike Neal, the Mountaineers were unable to get any closer than 19 points. Mike Kobani and Tevin Baskin led the Mountaineers with 11 points each, while Tommy Spagnolo grabbed down a team-best seven rebounds.  Neal dished out four assists.

Caupain and Troy Rubles led the Bearcats with 13 points each while Sean Kilpatrick scored 12 and Shaquille Thomas and Jermaine Sanders added in 10 apiece. Rubles and Thomas co-led Cincinnati with seven boards while Justin Jackson came away with four blocks.

Appalachian shot just 29.2 percent (19-of-65) from the floor while the Bearcats connected on 46.3 percent (31-of-67) of their shots. Cincinnati finished with a 47-35 edge in rebounds and came away with 21 offensive boards, which it converted into 21 second-chance points.

The Mountaineers return to action in Tuesday when they host Lees-McRae at 7 p.m. at the Holmes Center before wrapping up the Global Sports Shootout with a contest at North Carolina Central on Nov. 22.