Ellis leads Cincinnati past St. Francis (Pa) 52-37
Ellis added three steals and two blocks as the Cincinnati defense smothered St. Francis, forcing 21 turnovers and holding the Red Flash to 30 percent shooting from the field (12-of-40) and 25 percent (4-of-16) from 3-point range.
Ronnie Drinnon's jumper with 13:35 left in the first half pulled St. Francis within 3 before Cincinnati used an 18-7 run, including seven points by Quadri Moore, to open up a 27-13 lead with 5 minutes left.
Drinnon opened the second half with a jumper, but an 8-0 Cincinnati spurt pushed the lead to 37-19 with 14 minutes to play and St. Francis never again got closer than nine.
Gary Clark added 10 points, six rebounds and four steals in the win.