CINCINNATI, JAN. 19 -- Guard Allen Jackson scored a season-high 19 points to lead Cincinnati to a 77-61 Metro Conference victory today over Virginia Tech, handing the error-prone Hokies their fourth straight loss.
"This was the worst game we've played, the absolute worst," Virginia Tech Coach Frankie Allen said. "It's just one of those games that we've got to put behind us."
The game's opening minutes were indicative of how most of the game went for the Hokies (7-7, 1-4 in the Metro). Forward Antony Moses put up an air ball from the corner and banked another shot over the rim. The Hokies had four turnovers, including two traveling calls. Guard Donald Corker had a shot blocked and Virginia Tech had problems bringing the ball up court against the Bearcats' full-court pressure.
In all, the Hokies committed 24 turnovers, one less than their season high.
"They pressured us and trapped us," Allen said. "But of lot of our turnovers were of the unforced variety. One time I remember we threw the ball to a man standing out of bounds."
Said Hokies forward John Rivers: "They're the most physical team we've played all year. They bumped hard."