No. 10 Bearcats beat No. 11 Shockers on Senior Day 62-61, Bearcats win AAC outright
Before the game we all knew that even with a loss the Bearcats would be Co-Champions of the American Athletic Conference, but who wants to share when you have the opportunity to win it out right? Sunday afternoon on the road on Wichita State’s senior day Cincinnati had to go into a hostile environment and seal the deal and that’s what they did.
On Thursday junior guard Jacob Evans twisted his ankle against Tulane and it sent #BearcatNation into a major panic. Rightfully so because Evans is a key cog in what the Bearcats do and he is a major piece in what future success they may have in March. He showed no ill effects from the injury as he had a game high 19 points to go with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals.
Gary Clark had a solid game with a big late four point spurt to put his team up for good 62-58 and had a huge block on Landry Shamet on the final possession to help seal the win. Clark finished with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Jarron Cumberland and Kyle Washington both had 11 points apiece.
Cincinnati lost the rebounding battle 37-35, but only committed five turnovers to Wichita State’s nine.
Cincinnati has their first outright AAC title and has finished the regular season 27-4 overall and 16-2 in the AAC. They are the No. 1 seed going into this week’s conference tournament and now have a strong shot at being a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Highlights of No. 10 Cincinnati’s 62-61 win versus No. 11 Wichita State (Per AAC):
Mick Cronin after win (Per BearcatsTV):
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