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Bearcats Improve to 2-0, Humble Western Carolina 102-51

Even Mick Cronin can’t help but smile after this one

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Sacramento Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bearcats improved to 2-0 this evening with another dominant performance at BB&T Arena. They humbled the Western Carolina Catamounts 102-51 in a game that resembled one of the Dream Team’s prelimary round matchups during the 1992 Summer Olympics.

UC opened the game on a 21-7 run and never looked back. Eleven different Bearcats scored this evening. Nine Bearcats scored at least five points as the team compiled an astonishing 59 bench points.

Jarron Cumberland led the way for Cincinnati, hitting four three-pointers on his way to a 20 point night. Kyle Washington (14 points) and Cane Broome (15 points) also made significant offensive contributions.

Cincinnati shot better than 50 percent from the field and nearly 50 percent from behind the arc. Thanks in large part to Nysier Brooks and Washington, UC dominated the boards 47-28 and blocked 7 shots.

Sophomore guard Matt Halvorsen played valiantly for the Catamounts, leading his team with 15 points on 9 shots. Western Carolina falls to 0-2 with the loss, having taken it on the chin 85-57 at Clemson in their season debut last Friday night.

Cincinnati looks to continue its winning ways on Thursday night at 7 PM against Coppin State at BB&T Arena. The Bearcats look to be heavily favored in this matchup as well and may well have the opportunity to provide many of the younger players on their bench with needed game experience.