After a strong home stand for the Cincinnati Bearcats they had to head to Tulsa for a tough road American Athletic Conference game. Beating Xavier and USF at home the only things bad about the last two games was free throw shooting and freshman center Nysier Brooks hyperextending his knee against USF. Word on the street is the defensive beast will be out 2-3 weeks which is a relief for a team that's rolling.
To be frank the Bearcats shot terrible in y he first half, but Troy Caupain scored a huge 10 points to keep his team within striking distance and was able to tie the game at the half. Tulsa won the battle on the boards 23-16, which is something you rarely see against Cronin coached teams. They also shot 30% from the floor, which is another reason it was a struggle in Tulsa.
The Bearcats started the second half with a 4-0 run, but the Golden Hurricane answered with a 12-2 run to put the 14th ranked Bearcats in a dog fight. Down 9 points Jacob Evans had a steal and breakaway dunk to get the lead down 7. He followed that play with a three to get the game down to 4 (54-50). Tulsa only scored one more point during the last 2:49. Caupain had a big and one play to tie the game at 55 and after a big defensive stop he made a game winning pull up jumper with 4.4 seconds left in the game.
Cincinnati only shot 35% from the field, but they hit their free throws on the road making 79%. Gary Clark led the team in rebounding with 12 and Caupain led the team in scoring with 15.
Cincinnati is now 20-2 overall and 9-0 in the AAC. They play UConn at home on Saturday at 4 pm.
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