Following a disappointing loss to Houston last weekend, the Bearcats bounced back with an impressive scoring effort to secure an 83-55 win over East Carolina on Wednesday night!
Cincinnati senior forward Landers Nolley II got the scoring started with back to back 3-pointers, followed by a pair of triples from Jeremiah Davenport to extend the early lead to 16-10.
Davenport continued to have success from deep in the first half with a game-high 12 points including 4/7 from 3-point range as the Bearcats took a 38-25 lead into the locker room.
Wes Miller’s team didn’t show any hangover from the loss against Houston with a dominant second half performance as Cincinnati outscored East Carolina 45-30 after halftime.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats knock down 14 triples en route to 83-55 win over East Carolina
In addition to having a great shooting night from beyond the arc, the Bearcats played with more effort and intensity, finishing with five blocks, five steals and a 46-29 rebounding advantage.
Nolley scored a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Davenport compiled 16 points and six rebounds in the win. Daniel Skillings Jr added nine points and three boards off the bench.
David DeJulius totaled 11 points and a game-high 12 assists in the blowout win, becoming the first Bearcat to record a double-double with points and assists since Troy Caupain in 2016.
Cincinnati improved to 12-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play with the win over East Carolina, and will look to keep the momentum going against SMU on Saturday afternoon in Dallas.
Cincinnati Basketball: Houston Cougars become top ranked team after win over Bearcats
Houston continued to dominate the Bearcats with a 72-59 win on Sunday evening to stay atop the AAC standings with a 4-0 record and move to #1 in the latest Associated Press Top 25.
Kelvin Sampson’s team showed why it’s a legitimate national championship contender at Cincinnati with great decision making, multiple scoring threats and physical defense.
It’s still early in the conference slate but the Cougars appear to be on track for a second straight AAC championship, while Cincinnati currently sits in sixth place with a 2-2 record.
Both teams will return to action on Wednesday night as the Bearcats take on East Carolina with a chance to bounce back at Fifth Third Arena, while top ranked Houston hosts South Florida.