Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats senior forward Landers Nolley II receives AAC weekly honors

Cincinnati senior forward Landers Nolley II received AAC weekly honors after leading the Bearcats to wins over East Carolina and SMU, while recording back to back double-doubles last week.

Nolley notched a team-high 20 points, 10 rebounds and two steals including shooting 7/15 from the field and 4/9 from 3-point range during an 83-55 win against East Carolina last Wednesday.

Just a few days later, the Georgia native continued his hot streak with 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Bearcats escaped with a 54-52 win at SMU on Saturday night to improve to 13-6.

In addition to playing at an elite level last week, Nolley leads the team with 15.1 points per game including nine consecutive double digit performances and three double-doubles this month.

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats senior forward Landers Nolley II receives AAC weekly honors

Wes Miller’s team was able to hold off a second half comeback to secure a narrow win over the Mustangs in Dallas, improving to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play with the victory.

Nolley and Mika Adams-Woods each scored a game-high 16 points including a combined 6/13 from beyond the arc, while Viktor Lakhin added a career-high eight blocks in the road win.

Following the final media timeout, Nolley connected on a stepback 3-pointer to extend the lead to 54-49 with just 3:35 left but the Mustangs had multiple chances to tie it down the stretch.

The Bearcats will return to action at South Florida this week with a chance to extend its win streak. Tip off is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:00 PM and will be streaming on ESPN+.

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats survive second half comeback to secure 54-52 win at SMU

Despite struggling to find an offensive rhythm, the Bearcats escaped with a win against SMU as sophomore big man Viktor Lakhin blocked a pair of potential game-tying shots in the final minute.

Lakhin wasn’t nearly as efficient as normal after scoring just six points on 3/9 shooting from the field but he more than made up for it with a career-high eight blocks and 10 rebounds.

With less than six minutes remaining, Mika Adams-Woods knocked down back to back triples to give Cincinnati a 49-44 lead before SMU quickly responded to stay within striking distance.

SMU guard Zhuric Phelps attacked the rim twice in the final minute and Lakhin blocked both shots as the Bearcats found a way to win despite going scoreless in the last three minutes.