Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats second half rally comes up short in 76-73 loss at Memphis

Memphis Tigers forward DeAndre Williams handles ball against Cincinnati Bearcats guard Landers Nolley II at FedExForum. USA Today.
Memphis Tigers forward DeAndre Williams handles ball against Cincinnati Bearcats guard Landers Nolley II at FedExForum. USA Today. /
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After trailing by double digits for most of the game, the Bearcats fought back in the final minutes but eventually came up just short in a 76-73 loss against Memphis on Sunday afternoon.

It was another missed opportunity to pick up a quality road win against the Tigers as Wes Miller’s team attempted to mount a comeback down the stretch following a turnover-filled first half.

Despite falling short, Cincinnati showed plenty of fight by outscoring Memphis 43-35 in the second half but it’s difficult to swallow a fifth straight loss against the long-time conference foe.

The Bearcats committed a season-high 20 turnovers as Memphis star duo Kendric Davis and DeAndre Williams combined for 43 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals in the narrow win.

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats second half rally comes up short in 76-73 loss at Memphis

Landers Nolley II struggled with five turnovers against his former team before playing much better after halftime, finishing with 13 points and six rebounds on 5/12 shooting from the field.

David DeJulius compiled a team-high 16 points, six assists and six rebounds, while Ody Oguama was the third Bearcat to reach double figures with 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Cincinnati had multiple chances to cut the deficit to one possession with less than a minute remaining but Mika Adams-Woods and Jeremiah Davenport both missed crucial free throws.

Following a week off, the Bearcats will return to action against SMU in the regular season finale on Sunday at Fifth Third Arena. The annual Senior Day ceremony will take place prior to tip off.

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