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UC basketball posts 94-64 win in the Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas (WKRC) -- Sophomore guard Kevin Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day) and freshman forward Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) scored 17 points each while junior forward Octavius Ellis (Memphis, Tenn./Trinity Valley College) pulled down 15 rebounds as the University of Cincinnati mens basketball team cruised to a 94-64 win over the PJ Stingers Friday at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.
Four Bearcats scored in double figures with freshman forward Quadri Moore (Linden, N.J./Linden) scoring all of his 13 points after intermission. Redshirt freshman guard Deshaun Morman (Richmond, Va./Faith Baptist Christian) had 10 points and a game-high seven assists. Clark nearly missed a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds to go with his 17 points.
The contest was close early as Cincinnati led 18-17 after the first quarter and 28-26 with 4:36 left in the second quarter before the Bearcats went on a 14-1 run over the next 2:18 to grab a 42-27 advantage. Johnson got hot during the stretch, making four three-pointers while the Bearcat defense held the Stingers without a basket until five second before intermission.
The Bearcats made seven of their eight three-pointers in the game during the first two quarters keyed in large part by Johnsons efforts.
UC led 43-31 at halftime, but the Stingers managed to cut the lead to 46-37 on a basket inside by Cadiro Thompson with 8:01 left in the third quarter. However, the Bahamian club team could not trim into the deficit any further.
In their only contest against an outside opponent during their six-day trip in the Bahamas, the Bearcats passed the ball well, recording 25 assists, with seven coming from Morman. UC committed 15 turnovers but outrebounded the Stingers 53-29 and limited the Bahamian squad to 32 percent shooting from the field (24 of 76) and 16 percent shooting from beyond the arc (3 of 19). Meanwhile, UC shot 51 percent from the field (39 of 77) and 38 percent from three-point range (8 of 21).
Senior guard GeLawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky./South Kent Prep), sophomore guard Troy Caupain (Midlothian, va./Cosby), junior forward Shaquille Thomas (Paterson, N.J./NIA Prep School), Moore and Ellis started for the Bearcats. All 12 players who saw action played at least 11 minutes each. No player logged more than 23 minutes on the court.
The Bearcats have an intrasquad scrimmage scheduled for Saturday morning before returning to Cincinnati on Sunday night.
Information courtesy UC Athletics