No. 5 Cincinnati shocked by No. 19 Wichita State 76-72, 39 game home winning streak broken
BB&T Arena was rocking Sunday afternoon with a nationally televised game on ESPN the No. 5 Bearcats hosted the No. 19 Shockers for the first time since joining the AAC (last played in 1981). The Bearcats are currently sitting atop of the AAC, but this a game that would put the stamp on the Bearcats season. They currently have a 39 game home winning streak.
The first half was filled with fireworks a lot of back and forth. The sad thing is the star of the first half was referee Ted Valentine. It is known that he and Mick Cronin don’t have a good history and Valentine and his crew called 19 fouls in the first half and gave Cronin and the Bearcats a warning.
Wichita was led by hot shooting (61 percent from the field) mainly Landry Shamet who had a team high 16 points at the half. Shaquille Morris was a load in a post with seven points and Markis McDuffie was the second leading scorer with eight points.
Cincinnati was led by Jarron Cumberland with 13 points, followed by Jacob Evans and Gary Clark with seven points apiece. They shot 48.9 percent from the field. They were down 42-40 in an exciting first half.
Wichita jumped out with a 7-0 run and Cincinnati answered with a 4-0 run. The Shockers pushed the lead up to as much as 11 points, but the Bearcats got it down to two points. Washington missed a front end of a one and one, Evans missed three free throws that came back to bite them in the butt. While down two they allowed a full court pass to Austin Reaves that put them up four points after Tre Scott brought it to two.
Wichita shot 52.9 percent from the field and only was outrebounded by one.
Cincinnati had four double digit scorers led by Jarron Cumberland with 18, Broome and Evans both had 16 and Gary Clark had 11 points.
Wichita State had three double digit scorers led by Shamet with 19, Morris had 13 and Reaves had 12 points.
With the 76-72 loss Cincinnati is now 23-4 overall and 12-2 in the AAC. They don’t have the strangle hold they had on the conference they had two weeks ago, but they still have control of their destiny. This was a huge win for Wichita State.
Former Bearcats Sean Kilpatrick, Shaq Thomas, Kevin Johnson and Troy Caupain were at the game today to support the program.