The Cincinnati Bearcats came into Ames. Iowa, 5-1 overall and remembering how Iowa State came into Fifth Third Arena last December to claim an 81-79 victory. Note to the fans who didn’t watch the game it wasn’t pretty, but the road team did a great job battling.
The big question heading into the game was concerning the health of forward Gary Clark’s ankle and was he going to play, but around an hour before the game it was announced he was going to play and he ended up starting. For Bearcat Nation they are very happy he played and played well, we will touch into the Clark impact later into this recap.
In the first half it was a grind show, Kyle Washington picked up two fouls, but late surge by the road team put them up 25-24. Now let’s get to the second half and oh, overtime. After going back and forth the Bearcats were down 50-46 with less than two minutes left in the game in Jacob Evans and Gary Clark made back to back buckets to tie the game at 50. First Evans made a pull up jumper to get the lead to two points and Clark made a face up jumper off of a pass from Evans to tie the game with 5.2 seconds left in the game.
In overtime it was a grind fest just like the first two halves, Washington didn’t play as much in overtime because of a (leg/ankle) injury that he toughed out after tweaking it during the second half, but Evans picked up the slack with two huge free throws with 20.1 seconds left. The Cyclones had slightly more than 20 seconds to try to win the game, but after a missed three both teams scrambled for the ball and time ran out. Cincinnati secured a super important road victory and it was the first time in ages a non conference opponent has come into Ames to beat Iowa State.
The Bearcats won 55-54 to move to 6-1 overall and the Cyclones dropped to 5-2 overall.
Iowa State was outrebounded 46-34 and that was key for Cincinnati because they shot 35.5% from the field and 14.3% from three.
Washington was hobbled, but before his departure he had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block.
Clark had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks.
Evans had 11 points and 3 rebounds.
Kevin Johnson had 11 points and 4 rebounds.
Troy Caupain shot 2 of 11 from the field, 7 points and 10 rebounds.