A trio of double figure scorers fueled the Cincinnati Bearcats during a 90-66 victory over the Northern Kentucky Norse this afternoon at Fifth Third Arena!
Bearcats forward Dan Skillings Jr had a career-best 25 points and nine rebounds on 8/12 shooting from the field including an impressive fastbreak dunk.
Cincinnati point guard DaVeon Thomas racked up a season-high 20 points, while big man Viktor Lakhin totaled 14 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
Wes Miller’s team finished the first half on a 12-2 run to take a 45-31 lead at halftime before holding a double digit lead throughout the entire second half.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats blow past non-conference foe Northern Kentucky
After suffering a disappointing loss against Northern Kentucky last season, the Bearcats were able to get some revenge and improve to 5-0 this time around.
Cincinnati got off to a slow start until Skillings and Thomas sparked the opening half run and Northern Kentucky was never able to regain the momentum.
It was a complete showing from the Bearcats that included 48 points in the paint and 40 bench points to go with a dominant 45-30 rebounding advantage.
There is still plenty of room for improvement moving forward but it seems like the program is continuing to make progress with Big 12 play around the corner.
Cincinnati Basketball: Wes Miller breaks down the Bearcats double digit win
Cincinnati is scheduled to return to action against the George Tech Yellow Jackets on Wednesday night with an opportunity to remain undefeated this season!
During the postgame press conference on Sunday, Miller broke down to the win and reacted to the rebounding performance per Cincinnati Athletics.
"“I’m pleased with the outcome of the game and our play. There are some things that I’m not pleased with but I’m trying to be positive. It’s important to enjoy wins. There were good things that happened tonight. The first thing that jumps off the page to me is 18 offensive rebounds. That’s important to our team and we set a tone early. We had trouble last year with their matchup zone and we did a better job of moving the ball. We found some really good shots so I was pleased with that today.”"