The Cincinnati Bearcats faced the Tulane Green Wave to Fifth Third Arena on the first day of 2017 and after a tough win on the road at Temple to start American Athletic Conference play head coach Mick Cronin stated he had to be harder on his team so they would be prepared for the lowly Tulane club. The Bearcats dominated from the opening tip and lead from wire to wire Sunday evening.
In the first half it was obivious it was freshman guard Jarron Cumberland's night as he came into the game in scored a quick 8 points within minutes of entering the game (2 three's and a layup). He had 13 points at the half on 4 of 4 from the field (2 threes), 3 of 5 from the line and 3 rebounds. The home team took a 39-27 lead into the half after senior guard Kevin Johnson drained a three before time ran out. Cincinnati shot 57.1% from the field in the first 20 minutes, even though they were out rebounded 18-13, they didn't have many shots to chase down because of their great shooting percentages in the half.
In the second half it was a barrage of people who joined the party sophomore guard Jacob Evans made 3 three pointers in a row on three consecutive shots. Cumberland started the second half over Evans, but I'm willing to bet that was because of how hot the freshman was in the first half. The Bearcats went on to win the game 92-56 and win their second AAC game. Cumberland had a career high 19 points, Evans finished with 13 points and Johnson finished with 15 points. The Bearcats ended up winning the rebound battle 37-35 and shot 56.9% from the field for the game.
Cincinnati is now 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the AAC. I'm willing to bet that they will move up in the AP and Coaches Top 25 polls tomorrow.
They are off until Saturday, they will play Houston on the road at 9 pm on ESPNU.null