It was a long night for the Golden Hurricane. Two weeks ago, Tulsa went toe-to-toe for 40 minutes with the Bearcats in front of their home crowd. Tonight, Tulsa was overwhelmed by a bigger, stronger, and faster Cincinnati team.
UC pummeled Tulsa this evening, 88-64. Cincinnati improved to 17-3 overall and 6-1 in the American, helping the Bearcats keep pace with Houston in the conference standings.
The first-place Bearcats outshot Tulsa, hitting 14 of 29 three-pointers. The Bearcats outrebounded the Golden Hurricane, 44-26. Despite holding a big half-time lead (39-28), the Bearcats kept pounding on Tulsa in the second half, expanding the lead to 20 with 10 minutes remaining.
Played before a national audience on ESPN2, the Bearcats used their commanding lead to get virtually everyone on the roster some playing time in conference play. Eleven different Bearcats played and eight different Bearcats scored this evening.
Junior guard Jarron Cumberland and senior guard Justin Jenifer both dominated from behind the arc this evening. Cumberland scored 15 of his game-high 23 points on three-pointers. Jennifer scored a career-high 18 points, all of them coming from his six three-pointers.
Cincinnati returns to action this Sunday at 12 p.m., heading to Philadelphia for a tilt with the Temple Owls. Check back with Down the Drive for full pre- and post-game coverage of this contest.