Were the Cincinnati Bearcats going to fall in a trap game against the Connecticut Huskies? UConn is normally a team that plays Cincinnati tough, but with a ton of injuries they haven't been able to recover and knowing SMU had won the American Athletic Conference out right by dismantling Memphis. Cincinnati didn't allow finishing second in the conference to be a problem on Sunday.
Gary Clark played like a man possessed racking up a double double in the first half with 13 points and 10 rebounds on 5 of 10 from the field. Clark was playing so well Connecticut fans were on social media pissed that he still has another full year of eligibility left. Which is a great problem for the Bearcats (lol). They shot 32.5% from the field, but had 30 rebounds in the first 20 minutes, 14 of those rebounds were offensive rebounds which is something that can erase a shaky shooting performance. UConn was held to 26.7% from the field in the first half. Cincinnati took a 33-23 lead into halftime.
In the second half the Bearcats continued to dominate and shot the ball a lot better from the field (42.3%). They ended with three players in double digit led by Clark with 17 points, Clark didn't play as much in the second half because on a slap/forearm by Amida Brimah that busted his lip. Clark is ok via his Instragram post showing how fat his lip is. Jarron Cumberland came off the bench for 15 points and Jacob Evans finished with 12 points. Kyle Washington is nursing a sore ankle so he didn't play as much as you are normally use to seeing him. Cincinnati won 67-47 to finish the season 27-4 overall and 16-2 in the AAC.
Cincinnati will play the winner of Tulsa/Tulane on Friday in the American Conference Tournament at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut at 7 pm on ESPNU.