The No. 24 Cincinnati Bearcats faced the Albany Great Danes on Monday at Fifth Third Arena for their second game in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip Off. Albany is fresh off beating Penn State on Friday and Cincinnati took Brown to the woodshed.
The first half was very competitive as we expected, but foul trouble for four Bearcats players didn’t help. Gary Clark, Nysier Brooks, Kyle Washington and Jacob Evans all had 2 fouls in the first 20 minutes of the game. With so many people in foul trouble they were outrebounded 19-15 and out shot 39.1% to 32.1% from the field. The Bearcats on offense shot the ball too fast, but a good half from Troy Caupain was able to help give his team a 29-27 lead at the half. Caupain had 8 points, on 3 of 3 from the field, 2 of 2 from the line and 3 steals.
In the second half with more aggression and less fouling Jacob Evans and Justin Jenifer led the second half charge hustle plays on the defensive end. Evans had a great chase down block and Jenifer was applying ball pressure like a man possessed. Kyle Washington and Jarron Cumberland came along for the ride in the second half as a close game turned into a 23 point win.
The Bearcats scored 45 points in the second half while holding The Great Danes to 24 points. They shot 57.6% from the field in the final 20 minutes and had 12 assists on the 19 baskets made. To say the least they turned up the pressure and it was nothing the visitors could do.
They caused 22 turnovers, which is something Mick Cronin loves. The Bearcats won 74-51 and are now 2-0.
Jacob Evans had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.
Kyle Washington had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal.
Jarron Cumberlandhad 11 points off the bench.