The Cincinnati Bearcats snapped its three-game losing streak and pulled to .500 inside Big East Conference with a 60-58 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Arena.
Yancey Gates, who finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bearcats, tipped in his own miss with just two seconds left in the game to secure the victory.
The Bearcats finished the contest with a commanding 50-31 rebounding advantage, including an 18-4 edge on the offensive boards.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was scrappy. They didn’t dominate the game, but they did hold Notre Dame 20 points below their season average.
For the Bearcats and head coach Mick Cronin though it was a win and much-needed one at that.
While many fans are growing impatient with UC and wanting to win now, questions have risen whether or not Cronin is the answer.
People need to relax for a minute and remember how much this program was crippled during the Bob Huggins transition.
I’m not saying that Cronin is free of criticism, but I do believe he still hasn’t enough time to accurately assess his progress and ability to be a successful head coach at this level.
For now, memo to Bearcat fans enjoy the victory and take it one game at a time.