During the first eight minutes of the game it seemed as if the Bulls were giving the Bearcats the hangover blues as the game was tied at 12 with 12:15 left in the half. The Bearcats went on a 37-13 run to finish the half to take a 49-25 lead into the locker room. Justin Jenifer and Kyle Washington set the tone with 10 and 11 points respectively. As a whole the team shot 58.1% from the field and 50% from three. The only thing that hunted them was a free throws again as they only hit 6 of 11 in the first half.
In the second half it was more of the same from the Bearcats freshman guard Jarron Cumberland had a career high 26 points and scored 18 of the 26 in the second half. Cumberland was getting to the cup, shooting threes and making free throws. It has been a good week for the freshman. Nysier Brooks was having a good game himself with 8 points, but was rolled on by Quadri Moore on his right knee and had didn’t play the rest of the game. The good thing for Brooks is he came back out to shake hands with USF at the end of the game if it was serious I doubt he would’ve made it back out the locker room.
Cincinnati won the battle on the boards 40-36, the turnover battle 24-9 and shot 48.5% from the floor for the game. They were dominating after the first 7:45 in the game.
Cincinnati is now 19-2 overall and 8-0 in the AAC. They play Tulsa on the road Wednesday.