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Big Second Half Push Helps Cincinnati Pull Away From Bowling Green

It wasn't always pretty, but Cincinnati used a big second half to get a 83-50 win over Bowling Green.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Offense has been a big key to this year's hype for this Bearcat basketball team, but that offense struggled early against Bowling Green. The game opened up with both teams struggling to get any shots to go in. The Bearcats struggled to get the ball in the paint and when they were able, they still missed many shots. Cincinnati struggled to get the ball to go in from behind the arc and had to rush many of their shots. Free throws and passing caused the biggest problem for the Bearcats, as they couldn't work the ball around as much as they would have liked. The Bearcats went 8-for-16 from the free throw line, one of the lowest percentages for UC under Mick Cronin.

The Bearcats normally lockdown defense struggled to pressure the Falcons early and gave Bowling Green many open looks from behind the arc and underneath. The intensity seemed to be lacking at the beginning of the game for the Bearcats as they weren't pressuring as much as we are used to seeing from them. The Falcons seemed to be more physical than the Bearcats and found ways to force the ball inside.

The Bearcats and Falcons, although struggling, played a very up-tempo first half not wasting any time firing off shots. Cincinnati went into the half locked in a tight one at 35 - 31 with the Bearcats hitting a three pointer as the buzzer sounded.

Coming out of the locker room was a different Bearcats team. They began to full court press more and caused the Falcons into many awkward situations. The defense forced turnover after turnover and took a commanding lead early in the second going on a 26 - 4 run right out of the half. They didn't allow the Falcons any good looks on offense and were able to cut off Bowling Green's passing lanes.

The offense came out hot after not being able to find the bottom of the net in the first half and made a few quick threes early. They were passing better and looked like the team that put up 101 points on Sunday. They worked the ball down low and just overpowered a smaller Bowling Green defense.

The Bearcats made the necessary adjustments and seemed to work together well after stumbling early. Troy Caupain lead the team in assists with four and was a big reason for their early second half run. Coreontae DeBerry picked up right where he left off on Sunday, scoring seven points and securing 12 rebounds to go along with his two blocks. Gary Clark wasn't far behind with 10 rebounds and added a couple quality steals.

The Bearcats were lead in scoring by senior Farad Cobb who scored a season-high 20 points and went 6-of-11 from behind the arc. Shaq Thomas and Jacob Evans III were the only other players also in double figures, each earning 10 points.

Cincinnati as a team went 31-of-66 from the floor for 47% and 13-of-30 from behind the arc. The defense was able to force 16 turnovers and the Bearcats won the rebounding battle 49 to 38.

Although not always pretty, Cincinnati was able to pull away in the end and get the win against the Falcons. They play next, Sunday at 1:00 PM ET in Fifth Third Arena against the Lions of Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

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