The Bearcats came in the game on a three game winning streak and were looking the preverbal trap game in the face against the South Florida Bulls. After a week off the Bearcats were back on the floor at Fifth Third Arena.
Early in the first half it looked as if the Bulls were ready to be their pesky selves as they took an 18-12 lead to the 10:52 mark of the first half. Jahmal McMurray had 7 points and everything was rolling. After that sequence UC woke up and took a 7 point lead into halftime 36-29.
UC forced the Bulls into 12 turnovers and held them to just 20 shots while they had 37 shots and only 4 turnovers. They only shot 35.1% from the floor, but you can overcome that when you force that many turnovers and keep their shots down.
In the second half the Bearcats went super saiyan on the Bulls (please reference Dragonball Z) starting the half on a 23-3 run to pretty much kill USF’s hopes for a victory. Coreontae DeBerry joined the Clark and Caupain party with 9 of his 11 points in the second half. DeBerry had three big time dunks to set the crowd on fire. Caupain and Clark both had double doubles.
Clark had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Caupain had 18 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.
UC caused 21 turnovers and got the Bulls shooting down to 39.2% from the floor. In turn getting their shooting to 45.3% for the game and totaling 21 assists on 29 made baskets winning the game 88-57.
The Bearcats defense allowed them to push the tempo and in turn allowed them to run the score up on a rebuilding team.
They are now 17-6 overall and 7-3 in conference. They currently sit second in the AAC.
Note: Forward Shaq Thomas who injured his foot/ankle at UConn started tonight.
Their next game will be at Memphis at Noon on Saturday on ESPN 2.