NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Cashmere Wright #1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats goes up for a shot against the Georgetown Hoyas during the quarterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Wright scores 16, No. 24 UC opens with 80-57 win over Tennessee-Martin

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Cashmere Wright scored 16 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 as No. 24 Cincinnati cruised to an 80-57 season-opening win over Tennessee-Martin on Sunday.

Eleven different players scored for the Bearcats. Justin Jackson had 11 rebounds and Cincinnati blocked 10 shots.

Titus Rubles, a junior-college transfer making his Bearcats debut, came off the bench to score eight points and grab seven rebounds.

The game drew 5,728. A couple of miles south, the Cincinnati Bengals hosted the New York Giants and beat the Super Bowl champions 31-13.

Cincinnatiopens the season with four straight home games against unranked opponents, with Mississippi Valley State visiting on Tuesday. Last season, the Bearcats reached their first-ever Big East tournament championship game and made it to the NCAA's round of 16 for the first time since 2001.

Jeremy Washington, who scored 10 points in Tennessee-Martin's season-opening 84-69 loss at Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday, led the Skyhawks (0-2) with 14 points. Myles Taylor and Mike Liabo each 12 points while Justin Childs chipped in with 10 for Tennessee-Martin.

Cincinnatiimproved to 91-21 in season openers, including 80-10 at home. Cincinnati has won 47 of its last 48 season openers at home, the only loss coming to Belmont 86-75 in the 2007-2008 tip-off.

The win was the 114th for Bearcats' coach Mick Cronin, snapping a tie with Ed Jucker for fifth place on the program's career coaching wins list. Cronin, starting his seventh year at his alma mater, is 114-88. Jucker guided Cincinnati to NCAA championships in 1961 and 1962.

The Bearcats are honoring All-American and longtime NBA star Jack Twyman by wearing a patch on their uniforms with his No. 27. Twyman, who played in the mid-1950s, died in May.

Washington scored the game's first two points, giving Tennessee-Martin its only lead 1:04 into the game before Cincinnati took control with a 14-0 run capped by Ge'lawn Guyn's 3-pointer with 13 minutes left in the first half.

The Bearcats later took advantage of a Skyhawks' 6:36 scoring drought to run off 17 unanswered points, building their largest lead of the half at 33-6.

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