UC Hoops: Bearcats Squeak by SMU

Cincinnati survived a tremendous effort by SMU Saturday night, winning 73-68 at Fifth Third Arena. Jarron Cumberland scored 24 points and Keith Williams had 13 for the Bearcats (19-3, 7-1, 17th). Jahmal McMurray scored 21 points for the Mustangs (12-9, 4-4, 144th). The Bearcats are tied with Houston atop the AAC standings. Cincinnati is knocking on the door of the mainstream polls, and is expected to be in the top 25 of the AP poll this week. The Cats’ will take on Memphis (13-9, 4-4, 83rd) on the road Thursday night. TV: ESPN/ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW.

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Trevor Moore (5) was excited about the victory (UC Athletics).

AAC Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
Houston 8-1 21-1
Cincinnati 8-1 19-3
UCF 6-2 1.5 16-4
Temple 6-3 2 16-6
South Florida 5-4 3 15-6
Memphis 5-4 3 13-9
SMU 4-5 4 12-9
UConn 3-5 4.5 12-9
Wichita State 3-6 5 10-11
Tulsa 3-7 5.5 13-10
East Carolina 2-6 5.5 9-11
Tulane 0-9 8 4-17