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Bearcats Overcome 27 Fouls to Beat Memphis 62-48

If you like free throw shooting and whistles, this was the game for you.

NCAA Basketball: Cincinnati at Memphis Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Fouls are a necessary part of basketball. They are not a fun or exciting part but they help make sure its not just anarchy out there. Well fouls were a big part of Cincinnati’s game on Saturday, as the No. 9 Bearcats ground out a 62-48 win over the Memphis Tigers at FedExForum.

The Bearcats (19-2, 8-0 American Athletic Conference) were called for 27 (!) fouls in the game. Whistles were just popping off all over the place. Jacob Evans fouled out in the second half and four other players were called for four infractions. Memphis got to shoot 29 free throws and made 17, while the Bearcats were just 10-of-19, so that whole bad free throw shooting thing is still, well, a thing. Luckily, the Bearcats’ overall talent level won out.

Gary Clark, who was hobbled in the first half, came on strong to finish with 18 points and nine rebounds. He also made one of the best hustle plays of the season.

Evans scored 14 points, including a couple critical threes in the second half to keep Memphis at arm’s length. Cane Broome added nine points and six assists off the bench and Kyle Washington at least partially made up for poor shooting (2-of-9) and five turnovers with 10 rebounds.

In a surprising twist, UC actually got outscored by Memphis in the paint (22-20), but the Tigers (13-8, 4-4) only shot 31.1 percent from the floor while getting 20 points from Jeremiah Martin, who was hurt last week against Tulsa.

This game was never really in doubt, but it certainly wasn’t as fun to watch as UC’s last meeting with Memphis. Still, the Bearcats have won 12-straight games and will shoot for 13 against a tough Houston team next time out.