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New Mexico Hands Cincinnati 1st Loss

Jeff Swinger/Cincinnati Enquirer

Sean Kilpatrick saw the looming presence of Alex Kirk, New Mexico’s 7-foot center, but with the game on the line in the closing seconds, he thought he could get his 3-point shot over Kirk.

He was wrong.

“I thought I had him,” Kilpatrick said. “I could have driven him left but I didn’t.”

Kilpatrick’s potential game-winning shot was blocked by Kirk just before time expired and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats suffered their first loss of the season Thursday night, 55-54, before 10,627 fans at Fifth Third Arena, where they had won 13 straight dating to Jan. 23, 2012.

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