The Cincinnati Bearcats welcomed the Bellarmine Knights into Fifth Third Arena for an exhibition game. The first thing I noticed was guard Jacob Evans didn’t play because of a foot injury that seems to be minor, but they are just being cautious.
The starting lineup was Troy Caupain, Kevin Johnson, Justin Jenifer, Gary Clark and Kyle Washington. That starting five is a different look for the team, but it will signal a more open offense that should score more points once Evans comes back you can pencil him in over Jenifer so don’t panic.
The players that stood out for the home team during the exhibition game where Justin Jenifer, Quadri Moore and Jarron Cumberland on Wednesday night. Jenifer had a stat line of 12 points on 4 of 6 from the field and 2 of 3 from three and 3 assists. He looked like a guy who has been living in the gym this off season, in better shape and he has more confidence in his shot. The sophomore will play a lot this year and it seems he will contribute. Moore looks like he slowed down a lot on the court on offense and defense you could see improvement. He had 13 points and 8 rebounds. He sported a nice one dribble pull up tonight that Bearcat fans will appreciate. Cumberland didn’t score at all in the first half, but had 9 points overall and showed a knack to get to the line and play the weak side on defense.
The Bearcats shot 44.4% for the game, but only had 45 shot attempts throughout the game. The high scorer was senior guard Kevin Johnson with 14 points.
The Knights were a good match for the Bearcats as they played wide open and had a lot of shooters not your typical exhibition game. The Bearcats won 64-55 and will start their season November 11th at Fifth Third Arena against Brown.