After leading for most of the game, the Bearcats weren’t able to secure a win and suffered a gut-wrenching 101-94 overtime loss at Tulane tonight.
Despite taking an 83-76 lead with less than three minutes remaining, Wes Miller’s team wasn’t able to hang on and eventually ran out of steam in overtime.
Cincinnati went on an 11-0 run to build a 37-28 lead at halftime but Tulane battled back and took a 56-55 lead with 10:57 remaining in regulation.
It appeared the Bearcats were going to pick up a pivotal road win before the Green Wave went on a 7-0 run in less than two minutes to force overtime.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats give up late lead in 101-94 overtime loss at Tulane
Following a rough start to the extra period, Cincinnati quickly fought back as Jeremiah Davenport drilled a 3-pointer to tie it 89-89 with 2:19 left.
The rest of overtime was filled with reviews and technical fouls as Bearcats senior David DeJulius and Tulane sophomore Sion James were ejected.
It was another missed opportunity as Cincinnati fell to 16-9 and 7-5 in AAC play with a must-win matchup against South Florida coming up on Saturday at home.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats come up short in disappointing loss against Green Wave
Just to make matters worse, starting center Viktor Lakhin and senior guard Rob Phinisee went down with lower body injuries and were unable to return.
Landers Nolley II compiled a team-high 26 points and eight rebounds, while Ody Oguama tied a career-high with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Before being ejected in the final minute of overtime, DeJulius scored 12 points and eight assists. Mika Adams-Woods added 11 points and three assists.