No. 19 Cincinnati punch SMU in the mouth 76-56
On NFL Wildcard weekend No. 19 Cincinnati hooked up with AAC foe SMU on an uncharacteristically warm Sunday. The Bearcats were fresh off on a tough win against Temple on the road and SMU got upset by Tulane on the same day.
In the first half Cincinnati was able to control the tempo after having 13 turnovers in the first against Temple they cut that more than in half with six. They had the lead to as high as 16 points, but ended with a 14 point lead on a Jacob Evans elbow jump shot. Evans had 10 points and four rebounds in the first half. Of the nine shots made six of them were from three which besides the rebounding edge (22-14) has given the home team control.
As a whole the Bearcats turned it up in the second half as they shot 57.7 percent from the field. Gary Clark joined the party led by Evans in the first half scoring 13 points in the final 20 minutes finishing with 18 points on the night. SMU could never get the score within 14 points in the second half. Cincinnati did have the lead as high as 23 points at one point. They forced Jahmal McMurray to have seven turnovers in nine minutes of play and as whole SMU had 18 turnovers which is something you don’t see out of this team.
The Bearcats won 76-56 to move to 14-2 overall and 3-0 in the AAC. Clark and Kyle Washington had a team high eight rebounds apiece. Clark and Evans had a team high 18 points apiece and Jarron Cumberland had 14 points.
Junior guard Cane Broome returned after missing a few games.
The Bearcats moved their home winning streak to 35 in a row.