The No. 18 Cincinnati Bearcats welcomed the Tulsa Golden Hurricane into Fifth Third Arena on an unseasonably warm Saturday in February. The Bearcats were looking to extend their home winning streak to 24 and push their season winning streak up to 2.
During the first half it was a group effort led by Jacob Evans and Kyle Washington. Evans led the way at the half with 13 points on 5 of 9 from the field, 3 of 6 from three, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Washington had 11 points on 5 of 6 from the field. Besides shooting 62.5% from the field the Bearcats had an uncharacteristic 9 turnovers as a team. Cincinnati took a 38-32 lead into the half, but the strong play of Junior Etou is keeping the Golden Hurricane within striking distance with a game high 14 points.
In the second half the Bearcats stepped it up and only turned the ball over 4 times. They finished with five players in double figures. Troy Caupain had 11 points and 8 assists. Kyle Washington had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Jacob Evans finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. Kevin Johnson had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Gary Clark had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was a total team effort in the second half as they finished the game shooting 56% from the field and 47.1% from three. The only concern is they only shot 61.5% from the foul line something they must clean up heading in the NCAA Tournament.
Freshman Jarron Cumberland didn't play today because of team issue that happened yesterday, it should be something that doesn't linger.
Cincinnati is now 24-3 overall and 13-1 in the AAC.
They face Memphis at home on Thursday.
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