After falling down by double digits in the first half, Cincinnati came back to tie it before eventually suffering a 75-68 loss against the Memphis Tigers this afternoon at Fifth Third Arena.
Wes Miller’s team shot just 1/13 from 3-point range in the first half but was able to stay within striking distance for most of the game until Memphis pulled away in the final minutes.
Viktor Lakhin scored a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Landers Nolley II finished with 18 points and six assists on 6/13 shooting from the field against his former team.
David DeJulius added 15 points and six assists for the Bearcats but it wasn’t enough as Kendric Davis and DeAndre Williams led Memphis with a combined 47 points and 13 rebounds.
Cincinnati Basketball: Comeback falls short as the Bearcats suffer 75-68 loss against Memphis
Late in the first half, Nolley knocked down a jumper and a pair of free throws to get the deficit into single digits but Williams drilled a 3-pointer to put the Tigers up 42-32 at halftime.
Jeremiah Davenport hit back to back triples to tie the game 50-50 during the second half before Davis answered with a 6-0 run of his own to quickly regain momentum for Memphis.
The Bearcats slip to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in conference with a trip to first place Houston up next. Miller reacted to the 75-68 loss in a postgame press conference per Cincinnati Athletics.
"“I didn’t think we played well but tip your cap to Penny and his group. Their switching really stagnated us offensively. I thought to start the game they were much quicker to the ball and they came in ready to play. DeAndre Williams and Kendric Davis gave us a ton of problems. We didn’t do a good enough job preparing and certainly didn’t do a good enough job executing. I’m disappointed with how we played. I think we’ve been playing pretty good basketball but that wasn’t the case tonight.”"