After jumping out to a double digit lead, the Bearcats coasted to an 81-55 win over Tulsa tonight behind Jeremiah Davenport’s 20 points and four rebounds!
Cincinnati went on a 16-0 run midway through the first half and never looked back en route to securing the win to improve to 15-8 and 6-4 in AAC play.
Landers Nolley II had 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds in his fourth double-double this year. David DeJulius totaled 11 points and nine assists.
Despite coming into the matchup as heavy favorites, Wes Miller’s team played at a high level, racking up 22 assists and committing six turnovers in the win.
Back in the groove.@GoBearcatsMBB rolls to an 81-55 victory over Tulsa in their Fifth Third Arena homecoming. Davenport scores 20 and Nolley records another double-double.#Bearcats | @FifthThird pic.twitter.com/SrylvzFbaD
— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) February 2, 2023
Cincinnati Basketball: Jeremiah Davenport leads the Bearcats to bounce back win over Tulsa
Following a pair of losses, it was important for the Bearcats to get off to a quick start and put away the conference’s last place team on Wednesday night.
Viktor Lakhin continued to dominate the paint with 10 points and eight rebounds. Mika Adams-Woods added 10 points and five assists to fuel the charge.
Cincinnati returns to action against Central Florida on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. Tip off is at noon as the Bearcats look to keep the momentum going.
Both teams are competing for a first round bye in the AAC Tournament next month and a quality win this week would be one step closer to reaching that goal.
In order to remain in contention for a first round bye in the upcoming AAC Tournament, the #Bearcats must get back on track against Tulsa and Central Florida this week!https://t.co/AqvnGxpT5f pic.twitter.com/b2ea1ROKFY
— Cincy on the Prowl (@CincyOnTheProwl) January 29, 2023
Cincinnati Basketball: Takeaways from the Bearcats second half collapse against Houston
After leading for a majority of the day, the Bearcats failed to close out first place Houston last weekend and suffered a sixth consecutive loss in the series.
Cincinnati jumped out to a 43-36 halftime lead after a hot shooting start but it wasn’t enough to grab a win after falling to 0-4 against ranked opponents.
It appeared the Bearcats were in position to secure a season-defining victory but Houston was able to survive at home and remain atop the AAC standings.
Despite coming up just short, Cincinnati played well and should be able to pick up a pair of wins this week if the team can keep the same level of intensity.