Friars Big East Road Losing Streak Hits 22

Cincinnati beats last-place Providence 81-66

By JOE KAY
AP Sports Writer
      CINCINNATI (AP) – Yancy Gates had 16 points and nine rebounds,
giving Cincinnati a consistent inside scoring threat on Wednesday
night, and the Bearcats built a 24-point lead before holding on for
an 81-66 victory over Providence.

      Cincinnati (18-8, 8-5 Big East) repeatedly drove through the
Friars' half-court defense for layups, with its power forward
leading the way. He had a dunk for the Bearcats' first basket, part
of an opening 13-6 run.

      Sean Kilpatrick had 22 points for Cincinnati, which led by as
many as 24 in the second half. The Bearcats sweated out a
Providence surge that cut it to 66-59 with 4:22 to go.

      Providence (13-14, 2-12) has lost four in a row and eight of its
last nine, dropping the Friars into last place in the Big East.

      Vincent Council led the Friars with 29 points, 21 of them in the
second half. LaDontae Henton added 24.
      

      
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