No. 11 Cincinnati beats UALR 87-53

No. 11 Cincinnati beats UALR 87-53
December 6, 2012, 9:11 pm
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Cincinnati's Justin Jackson, right, and Arkansas Little Rocks' Will Neighbour grab the ball for a rebound in the first half of their college basketball game in Cincinnati Thursday Dec. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

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CINCINNATI (AP) Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 11 Cincinnati set a school record with 23 steals Thursday night, emerging from a sloppy start for an 87-53 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Bearcats (8-0) have started with eight straight wins for the 15th time in school history and the second time in three seasons.

Playing with their highest ranking since they were No. 11 at end of the 2003-04 season, the Bearcats threw the ball away early, prompting coach Mick Cronin to substitute for all five starters.

The Bearcats quickly wore down the Trojans (7-4), who had a season-high 32 turnovers, 18 in the opening half alone. Cincinnati's steals topped the previous school record by three. The teams combined for 54 field goals and 49 turnovers.

Three players finished with 10 points for Arkansas-Little Rock.

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