CINCINNATI — Sean Kilpatrick scored 26 and Justin Jackson led a second-half surge that rallied No. 7 Cincinnati to its 15th straight win, 63-58 over No. 22 Connecticut on Thursday night.
The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) trailed most of the game, their first with a ranking that is their highest in 10 years. A crowd of 12,432 — their biggest of the season — watched them close it out with free throws.
Cincinnati has won 18 straight at home, including all 16 this season. The Bearcats are off to their best start in 12 years.
Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson, who played at Cincinnati, sat courtside. During a late timeout, Robertson raised his hand in a shooting motion toward Kilpatrick, who knew what he meant.
Kilpatrick's response? A "take-it-easy" motion.
"He kept giving me the signal to shoot," Kilpatrick said. "I told him to relax."
Shabazz Napier scored 16 for the Huskies (17-5, 5-4) on 5-for-18 shooting, missing a shot that would have tied it with 40 seconds to go. The Huskies visit UCF on Sunday.
Before the game, Cincinnati introduced Mike Bohn as athletic director. He said his top priority is to get the Bearcats into a better conference.
No. 2 Arizona 67, Oregon 65: Nick Johnson scored 18, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points and 10 rebounds in place of starter Brandon Ashley and the host Wildcats (22-1, 9-1 Pac-12) turned up the defensive pressure late to overcome a 4-for-16 effort from 3-point range and 16 missed free throws. Ashley (foot) is out for the season. The Ducks missed key free throws in the closing seconds and a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.
No. 9 Mich. St. 82, Penn St. 67: Adreian Payne scored 12, coming off the bench in his return from a foot sprain for the host Spartans (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten). Payne hadn't played since Jan. 7. Keith Appling, who has been dealing with a wrist problem, sat out for Michigan State.
Fgcu 100, J'ville 71: Brett Comer had 30 points and eight assists as the Eagles (15-9, 9-2 Atlantic Sun) shot 66 percent and remained tied with Mercer for first place in the league.
n. florida 54, stetson 52: The host Hatters (6-17, 4-7 Atlantic Sun) lost despite 14 points and eight rebounds from Clearwater's Brian Pegg.
Middle Tennessee 67, Fau 63: The host Owls (8-15, 3-5 Conference USA) trailed by nine with 28 seconds left, drew within one with 11 seconds left but failed to complete the comeback.
No. 2 Notre Dame 81, FSU 60: Natalie Achonwa scored 24 for the visiting Irish (22-0, 9-0 ACC). Cheetah Delgado scored a career-high 18 and Natasha Howard had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Seminoles (15-7, 3-6). Delgado, who played at Hillsborough Community College, entered averaging 7.5 points. Notre Dame packed the paint to hold Howard seven points below her average.
arkansas 55, uf 49: The visiting Gators (16-7, 6-4 SEC) gave up a late 12-0 run and their 25 turnovers resulted in 28 points for the Razorbacks (16-7, 3-7).
No. 5 Duke 78, Clemson 51: Tricia Liston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the host Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 ACC) beat the Tigers for the 18th straight time.
No. 6 S.C. 71, Miss. St. 64: Aleighsa Welch had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Elem Ibiam blocked seven shots and the visiting Gamecocks (21-2, 9-1 SEC) tied a school record with 14 blocks.
No. 8 Tenn. 77, Mississippi 65: Meighan Simmons scored 20, hitting three straight 3-pointers in the second half, for the visiting Vols (19-4, 8-2 SEC).
Iowa 73, No. 9 Penn St. 70: Samantha Logic had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the visiting Hawkeyes upset the Nittany Lions (17-5, 8-2 Big Ten).
No. 10 Maryland 94, Pitt 46: The host Terrapins (18-4, 6-3 ACC) opened the second half with a 16-0 run to lead 61-21.
Ga. Tech 94, No. 13 UNC 91: Tyaunna Marshall scored 32 and set the school career scoring record as the host Yellow Jackets upset the Tar Heels (17-6, 5-4 ACC). Marshall set the career record on two free throws that gave her 1,956 points and cemented the win with four seconds left. She broke Kisha Ford's mark set in 1997.
No. 14 N.C. St. 74, Wake 69: Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored 16 to go over 1,000 in her career for the host Wolfpack (20-3, 7-2 ACC).
No. 16 LSU 75, Missouri 58: Theresa Plaisance scored 20 and Jeanne Kenney added 19 for the host Tigers (18-5, 7-3 SEC).
No. 20 Gonzaga 86, Pepperdine 51: Lindsay Sherbert scored 19 and Haiden Palmer had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight assists for the host Bulldogs (21-3, 11-1 WCC).
No. 25 Purdue 74, Ohio St. 58: The host Boilermakers (16-7, 6-5 Big Ten) made 27 of 29 free throws — hitting all 22 in the second half.