The Cincinnati Bearcats win their season opener against the Brown Bears 84-55

The Cincinnati Bearcats started their season on Friday night in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off against the Brown Bears at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were picked to finish first in the American Athletic Conference and they impressed in front of a home crowd.

The main question before the game, was sophomore guard Jacob Evans going to play? That question was answered in a big way as Evans answered with 23 points on 9 of 12 from the field, 4 of 6 from three, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block. He did this in 32 minutes of action it was smooth.

As a whole the Bearcats looked very good, they were effective on both sides of the ball and played with an edge that fans will love this season. With Kyle Washington getting to play his first game as a Bearcat, he showed why this offense will be a lot better season just on the strength of his skill set. This team will be able to play four out and one in because of the skill set of the team this year. Washington showed off his passing abilities along with Gary Clark. These two will be interchangeable all season, which is a great problem to have.

The home team shot 57.9% from the field, had 23 assists and 43 rebounds. Four players were in double digits: Gary Clark with 14 points, Kyle Washington with 16 points, Jacob Evans with 23 points and Troy Caupain with 10 points.

Washington had a double-double in his first game in uniform with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks.

Clark had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals.

Caupain had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block and 2 steals.

The Bearcats won 84-55 and will play Albany at Fifth Third Arena on Monday.

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