After a relatively competitive first half, the Cincinnati Bearcats caught fire and blew out the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a 89-54 win on Wednesday night!
Cincinnati center Viktor Lakhin totaled a game-high 15 points on 5/6 shooting from beyond the arc, and forward John Newman III added 12 points in the win.
The Bearcats started the second half on a dominant 37-5 run that included three consecutive triples by guard CJ Fredrick to help put the game out of reach.
Wes Miller’s team shot 14/35 from 3-point territory and racked up 36 points off the bench to go with 20 points off turnovers during the double digit triumph.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats catch fire in dominant 89-54 win over Georgia Tech
Bearcats center Aziz Bandaogo made an impact in his season debut with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, highlighted by an alley-oop dunk!
Even though it’s early in the season, Cincinnati was able to display their ability to play at a high level on both ends of the floor against a quality opponent.
Fredrick finished with 11 points and two rebounds on 3/5 shooting from 3-point distance, all of which came during the opening stretch of the second half.
It was an impressive performance from the Bearcats as 11 different players got in the scoring column and everyone contributed to the commanding victory.
Cincinnati Basketball: Wes Miller breaks down Bearcats win against Georgia Tech
Cincinnati improved to 5-0 with the win and will try to keep the momentum rolling against the Howard Bison on Tuesday, November 28 in Washington DC.
During the postgame press conference, Miller broke down the Bearcats blowout win and explained why the offense found success via Cincinnati Athletics.
"“That was really fun there in the second half. They did things in the first half to stagnate us and we handed it. Then all of a sudden, the lid came off the basket and we made some shots. The run in the second half was fun. It’s good to see our defense fuel our run game and sustain it for the first time. It will take us some time to assimilate Aziz in the offense but his presence defensively was noticeable and it impacted the game tonight. It was also good to see CJ make some plays in the second half to get us going.”"