Bearcats win nail biter in AAC Championship against Cougars 56-55, Clark named Most Outstanding Player
Three games in three days a win the rubber match against Houston would signal a high possibility to secure a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati won the American Athletic Conference outright and a win Sunday they would win the American Athletic Conference Tournament aka the double up.
In the first half Cincinnati came out hard with a 10-2 run led by two threes by Gary Clark, but hot shooting by Corey Davis, Jr (scored all 15 of his points) gave Houston a 37-35 lead going into the half. The first half was pretty action packed, but the second half turned into a rock fight which is something you expect to happen when a team plays each other for the third time.
Free throws almost killed the Bearcats, Jacob Evans missed a couple and Clark missed three of four late, but a huge three by Kyle Washington tied the game and after Rob Gray missed a shot a huge rebound by Clark gave the Bearcats a chance at the lead he went on to split the free throws giving the Bearcats a 56-55 lead and Gray turned the ball over with 1.2 seconds left to seal the game for the Bearcats.
Clark finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and one block.
Jacob Evans finished with 12 points (10 in the first half), six rebounds and three assists.
Cincinnati is now 30-4 overall and now is AAC Regular season champs and Tournament champs.
Now we wait to see if they will play on Thursday or Friday.
Clark was named the AAC Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. Change his name to Gary “Awards” Clark, he racked up three straight double doubles in the tournament.
— Cincinnati Men’s Hoops (@GoBearcatsMBB) March 11, 2018