Following a trip to the Maui Invitational, the Bearcats returned home with an 86-60 win over New Jersey Tech as David DeJulius surpassed 1,000 career points on Wednesday at Fifth Third Arena.
DeJulius led the way with a game-high 22 points on 9/15 shooting from the field en route to reaching the career milestone to help Cincinnati stay undefeated at home this season.
The Bearcats had four players score in double figures as Landers Nolley II dropped 18 points and four rebounds, while Viktor Lakhin recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Mika Adams-Woods added 11 points, two assists and one steal in the blowout win as Cincinnati jumped out to a 45-31 lead at halftime after trailing 19-17 midway through the first half.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats take down New Jersey Tech 86-60 in return to Fifth Third Arena
Wes Miller’s team shot 50% from the field and 38.5% from 3-point range with a 40-22 rebounding advantage including 14 offensive boards. The Bearcats also had 12 assists and just nine turnovers.
Late in the first half, DeJulius picked up a steal and fastbreak layup to reach the 1,000-point mark and quickly followed that with back to back 3-pointers to extend the lead to double digits.
The Bearcats improved to 5-3 and will look to extend the winning steak against Bryant on Sunday at noon. After the recent win, DeJulius discussed the performance and his career milestone via Cincinnati Athletics.
"“We had a good team coming in that was hungry and we just wanted to go out there and play with big time effort. I think we did that tonight. A lot of blessings, perseverance and teammates who allow me to be me each and every day, and coaches who put me in position to be successful. As much as I would love to take credit, there’s a lot of factors that go in to it and I’m extremely grateful to be here for sure. Each and every day is motivating you. You want to get up and be the best you can for your team and not only just to score but be the hardest working guys in the gym. I feel like me and Landers are at the forefront of that.”"