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Don’t Worry About That Slow Start, Bearcats Win 78-55

It was pretty ugly at first, but eventually the talent of the Bearcats overwhelmed the Bulls in Tampa.

NCAA Basketball: Cincinnati at South Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

If you ventured onto #BearcatsTwitter during the early portion of the No. 14 Cincinnati Bearcats’ matchup with the USF Bulls this evening, you would have found yourself in a swamp of frustration. But by the end of the night, the Bearcats were the proud owners of a 78-55 victory.

Nearly 12 minutes into the first half, the Bearcats (15-2, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) trailed 21-11. Too many missed shots and turnovers made the Bearcats look like they were the underdogs. However, they managed to bounce back and, despite shooting just 34.8 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, they took a 35-33 lead into halftime.

From there, UC was just fine. It shot 70 percent from the field after the break, and knocked down five three-pointers and 10 free throws. Jarron Cumberland scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half, including a 3-for-4 showing from three-point range. He would finish with a team-high 18 points. Jacob Evans added 16, including a perfect second half when he made 3-of-3 shots from the floor and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Kyle Washington notched 14 points and three blocks and Gary Clark had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Payton Banks scored a game-high 22 points for USF (7-11, 0-5), which was outscored 27-12 at the free throw line.

The Bearcats have now won eight-straight games. They will continue a tour of the Sunshine State on Tuesday when they visit the UCF Knights.