It was cold in Cincinnati on Saturday evening, but the Bearcats got to travel to Houston to battle American Athletic Conference foe the Houston Cougars. Cincinnati game into the game 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the AAC, Houston came in 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the AAC. Somebody had to Hofheinz Pavilion with a conference loss and it happened to be the home team (which is great for #BearcatNation). Cincinnati led from wire to wire in H-Town.
In the first half the Bearcats were saddled by fouls as Troy Caupain, Kevin Johnson and Jarron Cumberland had two a piece in the first twenty minutes. Caupain and Jacob Evans started off the game with back to back threes and the Bearcats never looked back. Evans led the team with 9 points in the first half, followed by Caupain who had 8 points in the first ten minutes of the first half because of foul trouble. At times it seemed that the Bearcats should’ve been up more, but they went into the half up 30-25.
In the second half it turned into the Gary Clark and Kyle Washington show. Clark scored the first 5 points of the second half draining a three and a layup. After Clark got the ball rolling his frontcourt mate Washington reminded the AAC why he was picked to be one of the top newcomer’s scoring 16 of his team high 19 points in the second period. UC controlled the paint and were dominate on the defensive end holding the Cougars to 36.5% shooting from the field and 15.8% shooting from three.
All five starters scored in double digits (Evans 12, Caupain 13, Kevin Johnson 10, Clark 11 and Washington 19). Free throws showed its ugly head again as they only shot 61.9% from the free throw line, at the end of the game they missed countless 1 and 1’s and split a few two shot free throws that could’ve really iced the game a lot sooner, but at the end of the day they won 67-58 which is all that matters.
Cincinnati is now 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the AAC. They will play SMU on Thursday at Fifth Third Arena at 9 pm on ESPN.