The Bearcats, who are now 6-1 overall, have won their last six games, including a recent weekend trip through the Emerald Coast Classic. On Tuesday, they were paced by an unlikely candidate, as Justin Jenifer netted 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a 3-for-5 showing from three-point range. That marked Jenifer’s ninth double-figure scoring night of his career and just his second this season.
Jenifer wasn’t the only player who spent some time leading the offense. There were plenty of buckets to go around as the Bearcats connected on 64.1 percent of their field goal tries and 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from beyond the arc. Jarron Cumberland nailed his first two shots of the game (both threes) and then took on more of a distributing role, finishing with 10 points and six assists. Keith Williams led the team with nine field goal attempts, making six on his way to 12 points. Cane Broome and Trevon Scott each added 11 points and Rashawn Fredericks used his eight shots to make 10 points.
Even the guys who didn’t get to double digit point totals contributed. Logan Johnson filled up the stat sheet with eight points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists. Trevor Moore had a multi-faceted game as well, with five points, four assists, three steals and a pair of boards.
While the Bearcats were shooting into the ocean, the Golden Lions (2-5) were shooting into a teacup. They made only 32.0 percent of their field goal tries, including 4-of-21 (19.0 percent) from three. When the Golden Lions weren’t struggling to get the ball in the basket, they were struggling with UC’s pressure defense, as the Bearcats forced 30 turnovers. UC also outscored the Golden Lions 46-18 in the paint and 45-11 off of turnovers.
Such a dominant win can only be enjoyed for so long, as the Bearcats will go for their seventh-straight win on Saturday during a road visit to UNLV.