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Cincinnati beats Massachusetts Lowell 79-49

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Justin Jackson had his second career double-double on Tuesday night, and Cincinnati's defense forced 28 turnovers, leading the unbeaten Bearcats to a 79-49 victory over Massachusetts Lowell.

Jackson had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots as Cincinnati (5-0) dominated inside. The forward was coming off his best game a career-high 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks during an 81-62 win over Campbell last Wednesday.

Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points in only 23 minutes. Kilpatrick averages 19.5 points per game and had a season-high 23 points against Campbell.

Kilpatrick scored three consecutive baskets, pushing the lead to 62-36 with 9:42 left. The Bearcats pulled away from there

Chad Holley had 10 points as the only player in double figures for UMass Lowell (0-6).

The River Hawks are having a tough time keeping up in their first season at Division I. They started playing in Division II in 1975 and are 2-14 all-time against Division I schools. Those two wins came over Maine in in 1987 and over UMass in 1989. They've dropped six in a row since then.

UMass Lowell has struggled to score with its small lineup. Holley, a junior guard, had 18 and 23 points in the last two games, giving the River Hawks a lift. He managed only 3-of-9 shooting from the field against Cincinnati.

The River Hawks kept up at the outset, but it wasn't long before Cincinnati's depth, height advantage and defensive pressure came into play.

Tyler Livingston hit a pair of 3s, and UMass Lowell made its first four shots overall while pulling ahead 11-6. Kilpatrick asserted himself and made a pair of 3s during a 17-3 run that put the Bearcats in control for good.

When Cincinnati extended its pressure beyond half court, the River Hawks had trouble holding onto the ball. Twice they turned it over 10-second calls, and they also had an over-and-back call as they tried to avoid the pressure. The River Hawks had 17 turnovers in the first half alone five shy of their season high for a game setting up 17 of the Bearcats' points.

Ge'Lawn Guyn's 3-pointer with 2 seconds left gave Cincinnati a 47-27 lead at halftime, its biggest up to that point. Kilpatrick had a game-high 12 points in the half.

The second half started with both teams in shooting slumps. UMass Lowell was 4 of 13 from the field in the first nine minutes, and Cincinnati went 3 of 14. Jackson's one-handed dunk off a rebound was Cincinnati's only exciting moment as neither team could get much going on offense.

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