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Game Recap: Texas Southern Tigers vs. No. 25 Cincinnati Bearcats

A team effort propelled the Bearcats to 96-58 win over Texas Southern.

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Maybe Quadri Moore should start every game.

The Cincinnati Bearcats set season-highs for points scored in a half (59), points scored in a game (96), bench points (51), assists (26) and margin of victory (38) in their 96-58 victory over Texas Southern on Tuesday night. Jarron Cumberland scored a career-high 18 points to lead a Bearcat team that had eight players score eight points or more. Moore started in place of Kyle Washington, who eventually entered the lineup about five minutes into the game.

Cincinnati started slowly again, and held just a 16-15 lead with 7:29 remaining in the first half. Jacob Evans then scored seven of 13 points as the Bearcats used a 13-0 run to gain separation from the Tigers. Cincinnati would go into the half with a 14-point lead even though it was losing the rebounding battle 27-21.

Texas Southern simply wasn’t able to find its shooting touch all night. The Tigers scored a season-low 58 points and shot only 30.4% from the floor. Freshman, Demontrae Jefferson shot 4-of-20 from the field, one game removed from a 10-30 shooting performance against Louisville on Saturday. He led the Tigers with 13 points and five assists over 40 minutes of action.

The Bearcats missed their first three shots of the second half, but then went on to shoot 23-0f-30 (77%) the rest of the way. Cumberland was the star; he hit four three pointers and added six rebounds to lead the Cincinnati bench unit to that season-high 51 points.

Washington bounced back from a poor outing against Butler to score eight points and grab nine rebounds in only 18 minutes. Washington played with urgency and helped the Bearcats overcome a massive rebounding deficit that accumulated while he was on the bench to start the game.

Texas Southern has made the NCAA tournament two of the past three years and look primed to dominate its conference again this year. A 38-point win against a tournament team - even one from the SWAC - will certainly help the Bearcats resume come March.

Next up for Cincinnati is Fairleigh Dickinson at 2:30 p.m. ET in Fifth Third Arena. Fairleigh Dickinson - ranked just 290th by KenPom - are a significantly worse team than Texas Southern, so expect to see more #ToblerTime on Saturday afternoon.