Cincinnati continued AAC domination by winning at home vs. Memphis 71-69 Saturday night. The game itself was certainly a nail-biter but a key defensive play (Logan Johnson) prevented Memphis (18-12, 10-7, 67th) from a game-winning shot. The Bearcats (25-4, 14-2, 13th) were led by star guard Jarron Cumberland’s 26 points. Memphis was led by all-American favorite Jeremiah Martin and his 28 points. The Bearcats as of Monday (3/4) are tied with Houston atop the AAC standings, with the Cougars (27-2, 14-2, 4th) holding the tiebreaker (head-to-head). Cincinnati will play the Cougars on senior day Sunday. Before that game, UC will be on the road at UCF (22-6, 12-4, 21st) who just defeated Houston on the road. The game in Orlando will tip-off Thursday at 7 PM. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Nassir Brooks (33) throws down a dunk against Memphis (Enquirer/USA Today)
The Bearcats defeated the Temple Owls 82-78, Sunday. Cincinnati (18-3, 7-1, 19th) was led, once again, by Jarron Cumberland who, once again, had 25 points and 8 rebounds. Temple got 20 points from JP Moorman II off of the bench. Temple (15-5, 4-2, 30th) is the only team to have defeated the Houston Cougars (20-1, 7-1, 6th). The Owls jumped out to a 14 point lead earlier in the game. The Bearcats will have some rest before taking on SMU (12-7, 4-3, 132nd) at home at 8 PM. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW
Cincinnati’s ‘MVP,’ Jarron Cumberland (34) scored 25 points to help UC come back (The Enquirer).
It took overtime, but Cincinnati defeated Tulsa 80-75 at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK. Cincy (13-3, 2-1, 33rd) travelled to Tulsa to play the Golden Hurricane (11-5, 1-2, 83rd) Thursday night. The Bearcats came to Oklahoma following a major upset loss to East Carolina on the road. To make matters worse, many UC players were suffering from flu-like symptoms. Despite these issues, the Cats played with intensity and beat a team in the top 100 who had not lost a home contest in 15 games. UC’s Cane Broome led with 16 points (off the bench). Jarron Cumberland, and Keith Williams each had 14 points to help counter Tulsa and Daquan Jeffries’ 14 points. Cincinnati plays Connecticut (10-6, 1-2, 98th) at home in Fifth Third Arena Saturday night at 8 PM. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Cane Broome led UC with 16 points although he did not start the game. He tied the game with a basket as time expired in regulation. (UC Athletics via AP)