Bearcats senior guard David DeJulius picked up All-AAC weekly honors after averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 assists last week, highlighted by a game-winning shot to beat UCF on Sunday.
Despite trailing for most of the second half, it appeared Central Florida was going to force overtime after going on a 5-0 run to tie it before DeJulius hit the buzzer-beating floater.
After connecting on a game-winner to edge East Carolina last year, DeJulius came through in the clutch once again with a last-second runner to escape with a 73-71 win over the Knights.
In addition to reaching double-figure scoring in 11 straight games, the Detroit native has recorded at least five assists in 13 consecutive outings, which is the longest streak in the nation.
Cincinnati Basketball: David DeJulius receives All-AAC weekly honors in aftermath of game-winner
DeJulius is shooting a career-high 39.4% shooting from beyond the arc and is on track to become the first Bearcat to average 5.0+ assists for a whole season since Taron Barker in 2003.
Since conference play started in late December, DeJulius is averaging an AAC-best 6.8 assists per game and currently ranks 16th in the country with a 2.88 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In a postgame press conference, Miller discussed the last-second win over Central Florida and explained why DeJulius was able to make the game-winning shot via Cincinnati Athletics.
With just three games left in the regular season, Cincinnati will look to keep the momentum going against the Temple Owls on Wednesday night. Tip off is set for 7:00 PM at Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati Basketball: David DeJulius beats the buzzer to lift the Bearcats over Central Florida
Cincinnati senior guard David DeJulius drilled a game-winning shot in the final seconds to lift the Bearcats to a 73-71 win over conference rival Central Florida on Sunday afternoon in Orlando.
All five starters scored in double digits as DeJulius finished with 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Landers Nolley II totaled a game-high 18 points and four rebounds in the victory.
The Bearcats desperately needed to bounce back after a disappointing loss against East Carolina last week and Wes Miller’s team responded with arguably its best performance of the season.
Ody Oguama compiled 15 points and four rebounds including a pair of dunks, while Kalu Ezikpe started his third straight game and racked up a season-high 12 points and six rebounds.