The Cincinnati Bearcats and Connecticut Huskies locked up for a third time on Friday afternoon in the AAC tournament in Orlando, Florida. UC won the previous two games and you know what they say about beating somebody three times in one season? Yeah it’s hard to do and it was an instant classic. UConn was about to outlast UC in quadruple overtime 104-97.
In the first half it seemed UC was going to make easy work of UConn has they took a 36-27 lead into the half. Farad Cobb had 11 points to lead the team during the first twenty minutes.
In the second half UC allowed the Huskies to hold a 7 point lead with 3:36 left in the game, but they were able to rattle off an 7-0 run to tie the game up at 62 and force overtime. Caupain had a chance to win it with a floater, but Amida Brimah volleyball blocked it and time expired.
In the second overtime UC went up 4, but allowed a 4-0 run by UConn. Caupain made a huge jumper with 15 seconds left to give his team a 75-73 lead, but Jalen Adams made a tough floater to tie the game up at 75. Caupain had a shot to win the game with a toughly contested three, but it didn’t fall.
During the third overtime UC seemed to have the game won as Ellis had an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Kevin Johnson who made a three pointer with .08 seconds left. Was the game over? Nope as Jalen Adams made a 62 footer to tie the game and force a fourth overtime. It was knotted up at 88 and after seeing the replay it looked like Adams traveled and the clock started late.
In the fourth overtime UConn just had a little bit more gas than the banged up UC team as they won 104-97.
UC had six players log 34 minutes or more today. Besides Evans every other starter logged at least 45 minutes. Troy Caupain had a career high of 37 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 0 turnovers in 56 minutes. That’s a killer stat line.
UC finishes 22-10 overall after that tough loss. As of now I believe they are in so hopefully Thursday or Friday UC is playing.