Cincinnati played another close game, and yet snatched another victory, 52-49 at SMU. The Bearcats (24-4, 13-2, 14th) were led again by Jarron Cumberland and his 12 points. Jahmal McMurray accounted for more than half of SMU’s (13-14, 5-10, 149th) points, with a game-high 27 points. The score reflected the low shooting percentages of both teams. The Bearcats shot 27% from the field, while the Mustangs shot 35%. However, UC was 14-15 from the free throw line while SMU was only 2-3. Rashawn Fredericks’ two late layups ensured a Cincy victory. The Cats’ will host Memphis (18-11, 10-6, 63rd) Saturday at 8 PM. TV: ESPNU Radio: 700 WLW
Justin Jenifer scored six points for UC (The Enquirer).
Cincinnati was able to hold of a rally at Connecticut to win 64-60 Sunday. Keith Williams led UC with 12 points, while Justin Jenifer and Cane Broome each added 10 points for UC (23-4, 12-2, 15th). Broome had the game-clinching three-pointer in his hometown of Hartford. UConn (13-14, 4-10, 139th) was led by Christian Vital (14) and Alterique Gilbert (13) in scoring. The Bearcats entered the both mainstream polls this week (AP/Coaches’: No. 23/22). Cincinnati will play at SMU (13-13, 5-9, 144th) Wednesday night at 9 PM. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW
Cane Broome’s clutch three-pointer clinched the game for UC (AP/Hill).
Cincinnati got their biggest win of the season Thursday night versus UCF, 60-55. The home victory strengthens the solid tournament resume for the Bearcats (22-4, 11-2, 15th). Justin Jenifer (12), Keith Williams (12), and Jarron Cumberland (11) all scored double-digits for UC. Aubrey Dawkins led the Knights (19-6, 9-4, 31st) with 18 points. Central Florida remains “on the bubble” for the NCAA tournament. The Cats’ will continue play at Connecticut (13-13, 4-9, 135th) on Sunday at 2 PM. TV: ESPN Radio: 700 WLW
Justin Jenifer led the Cats’ with 12 points (The Enquirer).
Cincinnati defended homecourt by beating Wichita State 72-62, Sunday. The victory brings Cincy (21-4, 10-2, 17th) back on the winning side after losing to Houston last week. The Bearcats were led by Jarron Cumberland’s 27 points including six three-pointers. The Shockers (12-12, 10-2, 110th) were led by Dexter Dennis’ 14 points and 13 rebounds. Wichita St. was also able to outrebound UC 51-42. The Bearcats entered into the top 25 of the Coaches Poll this week. Cincinnati plays host to UCF (19-5, 9-3, 29th) Thursday night at 7 PM. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Jarron Cumberland (34) scored 27 points for the Bearcats (The Enquirer).
Cincinnati secured an excellent road win Thursday night, over Memphis 69-64. This win is a key road victory for the Bearcats (20-3, 8-1, 16th). The Cats’ were led by Jarron Cumberland’s 17 points and six assists. Justin Jenifer had 14, and Tre Scott added 13. UC was able to survive shooting less than 40% from the field, and 12-22 in free throws. Memphis (13-10, 4-5, 83rd), meanwhile, was led by Jeremiah Martin’s 26. The Tigers led at the half 35-29. UM has lost only twice at home this season, the other to AP No. 1 Tennessee. Cincinnati will play at Houston (22-1, 8-1, 3rd) in a highly anticipated matchup Sunday at 4:00 p.m. TV: ESPN Radio: 700 WLW
Jarron Cumberland had 17 points and six assists (AP/Brandon Dill).
Cincinnati defeated Tulsa 88-64 Thursday night at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats (17-3, 5-1, 21st) were led by Jarron Cumberland’s 23 points and Justin Jenifer’s 16. Together the two were 11-20 in three-point field goals. The Golden Hurricane (12-8, 2-5, 88th) were helped by Sterling Taplin’s 12 points and DaQuan Jeffries’ 11 points. Cincinnati will play Temple (15-4, 4-1, 24th) Sunday in Philadelphia.
Jarron Cumberland (34) scored 23 points in the victory over Tulsa.