Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats beat down rival Miami in 149th all-time meeting

Landers Nolley II of the Cincinnati Bearcats dribbles in the first half against the Miami RedHawks at Fifth Third Arena. Getty Images.
Landers Nolley II of the Cincinnati Bearcats dribbles in the first half against the Miami RedHawks at Fifth Third Arena. Getty Images. /
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In a bounce back performance following the loss to Xavier last weekend, the Bearcats blew past the rival Miami RedHawks 103-76 on Wednesday evening to improve to 7-4 this season.

Cincinnati senior guard David DeJulius scored a game-high 22 points, four assists and two steals in the win, while Landers Nolley II added 20 points and two rebounds on 4/5 from 3-point range.

Wes Miller’s team had three players score in double figures as Viktor Lakhin totaled 14 points, two boards and two blocks. Mika Adams-Woods contributed nine points, six assists and four rebounds.

It was the best offensive showing for the Bearcats since taking down Arkansas Pine-Bluff in 2018. Cincinnati scored a season-high 103 points and shot 63.3% from the field in the win over Miami.

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats beat down rival Miami in 149th all-time meeting

Miami is the most played rival for the Bearcats with the series dating back to 1906. Following the win on Wednesday, Cincinnati leads the all-time series with a 95-54 record in the rivalry game.

The Bearcats will look to keep the momentum going against the La Salle Explorers this weekend with a chance to move to 8-4. Tip off is scheduled for Saturday at 2:00 PM at Fifth Third Arena.

In the postgame press conference, Miller broke down the win over Miami via Cincinnati Athletics.

"“Offensively there were some really good things tonight when we run and all five are doing their part. The four guys without the ball are running the right way and the guy with the ball is making the simple play. We just keep sharing it. We could be a pretty good team. There were some really good moments sharing the ball tonight. I want more defensively. I thought there were some good stretches. The collective effort for the most part was okay. I want more. These guys showed what they’re capable of from a focus, effort and passion standpoint in the second half against Xavier. It’s my job to hold them to that standard every second.”"

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