The Cincinnati Bearcats beat SMU in Memphis Friday night, 82-74. The AAC quarterfinal matchup was close throughout the entire game. Cincy (26-6, 15-4, 16th) was led by Jarron Cumberland’s 26 points on 50% shooting. Justin Jenifer did not miss a shot, going six for six (five three-pointers) and scored 17 points for UC. Tre Scott also had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Bear cats. SMU (15-17, 7-13, 144th) was able to keep the game very close with play from Jimmy Whitt (24) and Jahmal McMurray (18), who led the Mustangs in scoring. Cincinnati advances to the semifinals of the AAC tournament. Houston, Memphis, and Wichita State also remain in the tournament. UC plays Wichita State (19-13, 11-8, 81st) at 5 PM Saturday. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Jarron Cumberland scored 26 points in the victory (UC Athletics).
Cincinnati plays Wichita State in Game 10. Houston plays Memphis in Game 9.
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 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.
Trevor Moore (5) was excited about the victory (UC Athletics).
The SMU Mustangs (7-6) were underdogs by 13 points, but that did not bother them one bit, as they pounded the Bulldogs (9-4) with 43 points. SMU has made four consecutive bowl appearances and have won three of them. DE Margus Hunt of SMU was named MVP.