The Cincinnati Bearcats went to down to Orlando, Florida to take on fellow AAC member Center Florida Knights. UC just loss to the Memphis Tigers on Saturday and needed to get back on the winning side of things on the road. For those keeping score at home and looking at the pre bracket saw Joe Lunardi had the Bearcats in the first four out as of today. So would they handle business in Orlando?
In the first half it seemed that UC was up to their old bad first half tricks on the road, but they somehow took a 31-30 lead into the half. The Knights Tacko Fall affected everything during the first half without scoring a single point, but he had 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and affected numerous other shots.
UC shot 29.4% from the floor in the first half and UCF shot 36.4% from the floor.
In the second half the Bearcats came out playing like a different team they pushed the pace and caused Tacko Fall to get a technical foul early in the second half and the game was forever changed. Late in the second half the Bearcats had a 28-10 run going and finished with a 38-21 advantage in the second half. UC kept the pressure up and pushed the tempo and it lead to an important victory.
UC outrebounded UCF 43-30, won the steals battle 12-3 and turnovers 10-18. They also broke out of a shooting slump from downtown hitting for 43.5% and making 10.
UC had four players in double figures. Johnson finished with 13 points leading the way, Cobb had 12 points, Gary Clark had 11 points and Octavius Ellis notched a double double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
UC is now 18-7 overall and 8-4 in the AAC.
They play Saturday at home against East Carolina at 4 pm on ESPU.