The boys of this blog were in attendance for the 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats Men’s Basketball as they hosted the Western Carolina Catamounts on Monday night from BB&T Arena.
UC rolled to a 102-51 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Thoughts on the win:
- The defense was much better and the press by the Bearcats worn down the Catamounts. UC forced 23 turnovers.
- Jarron Cumberland led the way with a game high 20 points on 6-9 shooting while knocking down four from downtown. When he’s on, game over.
- Cane Broome had 15 points on 6-11 shooting from the field. It was his stingy defense and pressing gave Western Carolina fits. He is so flashy and very fast but you already knew that. He didn’t turn the ball over as he did in the opener against Savannah State. It’s very key for Cane to limit that because if he does, watch out.
- Kyle Washington played better. He had 14 points on 4-7 shooting, he was decent from the foul line. He is still making careless turnovers on his end and taking unnecessary shots. Hey, it’s better than what he had in the opener which was five points.
- How about Tre Scott coming off the bench and filling up the stat sheet? 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Looking for him to have an even bigger role this season. His energy and presence off the bench is vital.
- Mamonudou Diarra was all over the floor tonight. He had 9 points and 6 rebounds. For his size, he can play defense and move his feet no wonder the team were raving about his play and knowing his role.
- Keith Williams got into double figures with 10 points on 5-7 shooting from the field. The kid is just a slasher and get to the rim.
- Nysier Brooks and Justin Jenifer started the game. JJ only had two points and Brooks had four.
- Gary Clark had 8 points and only 2 rebounds. A very quiet night for the problem. Jacob Evans had 9 points.
- Defensive intensity
- Turnovers were down from the first game, 22 to 13 on Monday night.
- Cumberland shooting lights out from three.
- Washington’s bounce back game.
- Diarra and Scott’s great production off the bench.
- Cane’s scoring and intense defense and pressing.
NKU’s lame rule of not letting people bring a camera to the arena because apparently the lens are a “weapon.”
Next game for the Bearcats is on Thursday night against Coppin State at 7pm.
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