After leading for most of the game, the Bearcats went scoreless in the final two minutes and eventually suffered a devastating 75-71 loss at East Carolina on Wednesday night.
Wes Miller’s team got off to a quick start and led by as much as 16 points at multiple times in the second half before allowing East Carolina to go on a 12-0 run and escape with a win.
East Carolina finished the game on a 26-6 run to beat the Bearcats for the first time since 2019. Following the loss, Cincinnati fell to 17-10 overall and 8-6 in conference play.
There’s no way to sugarcoat such a disappointing loss as the Bearcats were in position to move into fourth place in the conference standings before collapsing late in the second half.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats blow double digit lead in devastating loss at East Carolina
Despite coming up short, Jeremiah Davenport continued to have success with 19 points on 5/8 shooting from 3-point range en route to surpassing 1,000 career points in the first half.
Landers Nolley II scored 19 points and five rebounds but missed a potential game-tying shot in the final seconds. David DeJulius added 15 points and five assists in the loss.
The Bearcats will look to bounce back on Sunday afternoon at Central Florida with a chance to sweep the season series. Miller discussed the loss at East Carolina via Cincinnati Athletics.
"“It was a difficult night. We did not play well in the second half and especially after good plays. We did not play the next play and we were not focused. We didn’t finish the game even when we had opportunities with the lead late in the game so you’re frustrated on every possible level. I’m disappointed.”"