Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Kilpatrick tallied 21 points to lead the Cincinnati Bearcats to a 74-59 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the final non-conference tuneup for both teams at Fifth Third Arena.
Kilpatrick shot just 2-of-13 from the field but made up for it by connecting on 17-of-18 free throws. Justin Jackson recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four blocks, while Kevin Johnson scored 11 off the bench for the Bearcats (11-2).
Terran Petteway had a game-high 22 points and Ray Gallegos added 18 for the Cornhuskers (8-4), who entered the day with wins in five of their previous six outings but were unable to keep up the scoring pace in this one.
Nebraska never led by more than two at any point of the contest. The Bearcats broke an 18-18 tie with a 13-3 run late in the first half, and they eventually took a 35-27 lead into the break.
Cincinnati paraded to the free-throw line in the second stanza and converted 18-of-21 attempts (.857) to keep the Cornhuskers at bay. The Bearcats led by as many as 17 with less than five minutes remaining.
UC held the Huskers to 35.7-percent shooting for the game and also enjoyed a 40-30 rebounding advantage.