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Big East Championship 2012, Cincinnati Vs. Louisville: Bearcats Come Up Short Against Cardinals

Despite an improved offensive effort in the second half, the Cincinatti Bearcats were unable to complete a run for the Big East tournament championship, falling to Lousiville 50-44 on Saturday night.

After scoring just 14 points in the first half, Cincinnati picked up the pace and surged back into the game in the closing minutes, but couldn't convert late with the game on the line.

Cashmere Wright was magnificent for the Bearcats in the second half, and finished with 16 points to lead his team. The Bearcats had a chance to crawl within two points with 30 seconds left in the game, but missed a pair of free throws to keep the margin at four.

The Bearcats are still NCAA tournament bound, and will learn their postseason fate tomorrow night during college basketball's selection show.

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