On Saturday afternoon the Cincinnati Bearcats traveled to Richmond, Virginia to face the Virginia Commonwealth Rams. Last year VCU beat UC at home 68-47 a game after the Bearcats found out they would be without head coach Mick Cronin.
In the first half the Bearcats were able to battle a shaky shooting performance (35.7% from the field), but were able to take a 2 point lead into the half 33-31. The starting backcourt of Troy Caupain and Farad Cobb led the way with 7 and 8 points each. Caupain having a positive game is a great sign for the team as he has been in a little slump.
For VCU it was Korey Billbury who almost single handedly kept the Rams in the game with 13 points and 5 rebounds.
UC won the rebound and bench scoring battles 22-18 and 10-7. This is a positive sign they must’ve listened to Tre’s pregame post.
During the second half the Bearcats slightly improved their shooting knocking down 36.8% from the field, but really took advantage by getting to the free throw line 24 times and making 21 of them. Gary Clark picked up Octavius Ellis slack with 13 points and 9 rebounds as Ellis fouled out and only played 20 minutes.
Both Caupain and Cobb finished with 15 points apiece. Jacob Evans didn’t shoot great, but almost had a double double with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
UC won the rebounding and bench scoring battle for the game 42-37 and 18-7. The Bearcats allowed 16 offensive rebounds, but you can’t take anything away from this gritty road win 69-63.
Next on the slate will be Iowa State on Tuesday at Fifth Third Arena. Can the Bearcats push their winning streak to three games in a row? Will "The Shoe" be packed? We will see Tuesday.