Bearcats seal third place in Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off with 71-50 win versus Nittany Lions

Fans were sad the Bearcats didn’t play the Blue Devils today, but they didn’t have a hangover effect against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the third place game in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. Winning 71-50, they beat a member of the Big Ten in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The No. 24 Cincinnati Bearcats didn’t accomplish the initial mission set out when they traveled to Uncasville, Connecticut, but losing to No. 21 Rhode Island isn’t a slight at them we just knew they had a chance to beat them. Everyone wanted them to play No. 1 Duke Blue Devils, it didn’t happen, but the Bearcats didn’t have a hangover that would’ve prevented them to claim third place in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Sunday.

Saturday they played good for 30 minutes and it wasn’t enough, but on Sunday they played well the whole game. Almost like a team that was pissed off they were in the third place game and they wanted the masses to know, they knew they messed up.

They shot 50 % from the floor and out rebounded Penn State 40 to 26 that is great because they lost that battle yesterday by 9 to Rhode Island.

The Bearcats had four players in double digits: Troy Caupain with 12 points, Jacob Evans with 14 points, Kyle Washington with 16 points and Tre Scott with 10 points.

The Bearcats moved to 3-1 on the season and they play again on Wednesday at Fifth Third Arena at 7 pm against Samford.

Personal opinion this team is going to be good, but they have to find out a way for Gary Clark to be more aggressive on the offensive end, he was 4 of 4 from the field with 9 points, but throughout the season they must make sure he shoots at least 10 shots a game because you know Washington, Evans and Caupain will shoot if Clark is more assertive it will be hard for them to lose.

Game Notes

Kyle Washington had a double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Jacobs Evans didn’t score over 20 points today for the first time in the last four games, but finished with 14 points.

Tre Scott scored double digits for the first time his in young Bearcat career finished with 10 points.

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