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Bearcats use a lot of lineups in 93-63 win over Lakers

Cincinnati welcomed Grand Valley State in to Fifth Third Arena on a warm November day for an exhibition match. It was the first game back for head coach Mick Cronin.

The first half showed the Bearcats length and athleticism control the game the Lakers were over matched in warm ups and that’s what you expect in an exhibition game. Junior point guard Troy Caupain showed off his marksmanship from the three point line as he went 3 of 5 and had a total of 11 points in limited minutes. He finished with 12 points. Gary Clark didn’t score, but he had 7 rebounds. He finished with 10 rebounds.  Also freshman Jacob Evans had a smooth 10 points on 3 of 4 from the floor and knocking down 2 threes. He finished with a cool 12 points.

The Bearcats shot 58.8% from three making 10. They shot 60% from the field as a whole.

The Bearcats led the Lakers 47-20 at the end of the half.

Shaquille Thomas asserted himself early in the second half as he scored 7 points before the 10 minute mark. He finished with 18 points and 6 assists.  Kevin Johnson has also played a nice game in the second half also has made 2 from deep and a total of 8 points.  He finished with 13 points.

Coach Cronin mixed and matched a lot of lineups during this game which was expected. This team seems like it had a lot of moving parts,  Tre Scott seems to be able to play the 3 or 4 spot for them and Caupain if needed seems comfortable playing off the ball because of his improved jumper. Coreontae DeBerry is slimmed down and gives the post that must more flexibility to match up with size.

The Bearcats allowed the Lakers to shoot 51.9% from the field in the second half. Even with the sharp shooting in the second half the game never got close. UC won 93-63.

A key stat to remember 22 assists and 10 turnovers, I know they played a punching bag, but that’s a good ratio.

UC plays on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena at Noon.

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