Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Wes Miller spoke on a 93-61 victory over the Detroit Mercy Titans in the postgame press conference at Fifth Third Arena.
In addition to having a hot shooting night, Cincinnati doubled up the Titans in total assists and rebounds en route to starting the season with a 2-0 record.
The Bearcats were led by six double digit scorers as senior forward John Newman III and freshman guard Jizzlie James combined for 26 points and 10 boards.
Wes Miller’s team jumped out to an 8-0 advantage and took a 60-27 lead into the locker room before eventually coasting to a blowout on Friday night.
Cincinnati Basketball: Wes Miller speaks on win over Detroit Mercy in press conference
Cincinnati senior guard CJ Fredrick had a team-high 14 points on 4/5 shooting from beyond the arc as the Bearcats knocked down 16 triples in the win.
Detroit Mercy wasn’t able to find success against Cincinnati’s stout defensive outing, shooting just 37.5 percent from the field with 15 turnovers.
Even though the competition level hasn’t been great, the Bearcats have picked up a pair of double digit wins over quality opponents to open the campaign.
Miller was not thrilled with the performance in the second half but he did enjoy the rebounding efforts of Newman and sophomore forward Josh Reed.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats take down Detroit Mercy 93-61 behind hot shooting
Bearcats sophomore forward Daniel Skillings Jr put up 11 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Simas Lukosius added 10 points off the bench.
Cincinnati will look to remain unbeaten with a third straight home matchup as the Eastern Washington Eagles come to town on Sunday afternoon.
During the postgame press conference, Miller broke down the Bearcats win over Detroit Mercy and the second half showing tonight via Cincinnati Athletics.
"“We had a lot of wide-open shots on Monday and just had a bad shooting night. When the quality of your shots is high, you have a much better chance to make them. I thought our ball movement was really good at times. We have a really skilled team and worked really hard at that. When we didn’t play Cincinnati basketball in the second half, I hope it was a good lesson. The minute we don’t stay focused or locked in, it won’t matter what our gifts are. I was pretty pissed off in our second half performance but this time of year is about learning and growing. I think that there’s a lot we can learn from the second half tonight. There’s also a lot we can take away from playing well in the first half.”"