Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points and Cashmere Wright added 17 as No. 24 Cincinnati blew almost all of a 20-point lead before holding off Seton Hall 65-59 on Saturday, the Bearcats' fifth win in six games.
Cincinnati (18-4, 6-3 Big East) was up 48-28 5 minutes into the second half only to allow the Pirates (13-9, 2-7) to get within four points twice. The Bearcats, who entered the game 14th in the 15-team conference in free throw shooting at 64.9 percent, finished 21 of 27 (77.8 percent) from the line, including making eight of their last nine in the game.
Fuquan Edwin and Brandon Mobley both had 16 points for Seton Hall, which has lost three straight and seven of eight.
Wright made all seven of his free throws and JaQuon Parker was 6 of 8 to lead the Bearcats.