The Bearcats welcomed the Tulane Green Wave to Fifth Third Arena on a nice Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats were 1-0 with games Kenyon Martin has attended and went on to roll the Green Wave in the second game in a row that the UC great has been in the building.
In the first half the Bearcats played like their hair was on fire making countless shots and taking a 49-27 lead into halftime. Shaquille Thomas started the game off just like he finished against Memphis scoring 14 points. Gary Clark and Farad Cobb joined the party with 9 points apiece. They dominated Tulane in every aspect of the game.
They held Tulane to 41.7% from the field while shooting 57.6% from the field themselves. Turnovers were key they won that battle 6 to 16.
In the second half the starters only played about 8 minutes apiece because of how effective the unit was. They were able to empty their bench and get a lot of players quality conference play time. Gary Clark put on a scoring exhibition in the second half showing off his drive game, face up, euro step and step back where he went left. The more we see Clark play the more we are impressed with his game. Coreontae DeBerry also played like a horse off the bench in the second half scoring 5 points and just being super effective.
The Bearcats shot 56.5% from the field and 52.4% from three point land for the game. They had 21 assists and only 9 turnovers. They won’t always shoot over 50% for an entire game, but if they can control their turnovers for the rest of the season all should be well for the Bearcats.
Four Bearcats ended in double digits in scoring Shaq Thomas and Gary Clark both had 17 apiece. Farad Cobb had 16 points and Coreontae DeBerry chipped in with 11 points off the bench.
The Bearcats were able to play fast paced again which led to a comfortable 97-75 victory for the boys in Clifton.
They moved to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in conference. Their next game will be against UConn on the road on Thursday night at 7pm.
Note: Head coach Mick Cronin got his 200th win at home today.