The Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the Lipscomb Bisons in a 91-68 blowout at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday afternoon.
After Gary Clark went down with an apparent left ankle injury, his teammates certainly picked up the load with the junior forward sidelined for the remainder of the
The Bearcats are now 2-0 at home so far this season and coming into this match-up wanted to get off to a great start against Lipscomb. Despite what their record says, Lipscomb is a quality team but the Bearcats jumped out to an early 17-2 lead in the first seven minutes of this contest.
During that span the Bearcats defense set the tone holding Lipscomb to 1-of-9 shooting from the field and 0-of-4 from behind the three point line.
Coming into the game, Mick Cronin talked about Lipscomb's perimeter shooting, so it was a good sign that the Bearcats perimeter defense held Lipscomb in check the first half holding them to just 29% shooting from the perimeter.
The Bearcats themselves struggled from three shooting only 30%, but 44% overall from the field. They took a 40-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The second half saw the Bearcats get their offense rolling going on a 12-2 run during a three-minute span that went on a 12-2 run essentially put the game away.The Bearcats also capitalized on Lipscomb mistakes converting their miscues to the tune of 26 points with 17 of them coming off fast breaks.
In their previous game against Samford, UC had zero fast break points. So it was nice to see the Bearcats take advantage of their fast break opportunities winning 91-68.
Jarron Cumberland had his best game of the season finishing with 17 points to go along with three steals. Tre Scott finished with nine points and nine rebounds with five big time blocks on the defensive end.
I say those two names first because if Clark misses an extended amount of time, others will have to grow up quickly as this season progresses.
The Bearcats are now 5-1 on the season and will travel for a Thursday night match-up with undefeated Iowa State at 9 p.m. for their next contest.