CINCINNATI – Sean Kilpatrick scored 20 points and made a pair of late free throws on Saturday, and Cincinnati ended a three-game losing streak with a 61-56 win over Connecticut, which was missing its top scorer.
The Bearcats (20-9, 8-8 Big East) got only their second win in their last six games. They split their season series with UConn (19-9, 9-7), which couldn't overcome the loss of top scorer Shabazz Napier, who averages 17.1 points.
Kilpatrick stole an inbound pass, was fouled and made both free throws with 13.1 seconds left for a 59-56 lead. Ryan Boatright turned it over on an over-and-back call with 5.2 seconds left. Boatright led UConn with 22 points, going 14 of 15 on free throws.
Napier's right foot — which had surgery last year — has been bothering him the last few weeks and was aggravated in a double-overtime loss to Georgetown on Wednesday.