Cincinnati looks to bounce back from its most one-sided loss in nearly a decade when it returns to court against hosts Tulsa on Wednesday.
The Bearcats (7-8 overall, 5-5 American Athletic Conference) ended their winning streak in four games with a thud, thanks to a 90-52 shellacking against then No. 6 Houston on Sunday. The loss was Cincinnati’s worst since a 89-51 setback to Notre Dame on March 10, 2011.
Coach John Brannen’s club was kept at a season low after his disastrous shootout against the Cougars. The Bearcats only made 30.0 percent of their shots from the ground (15 out of 50) and 23.8 percent from the 3-point range (5 out of 21).
“I was disappointed when I took the boat,” said Brannen. “I was disappointed that we took it on the chin like that. I’m disappointed that we didn’t play a bit more defensively than we have done so far.”
Jeremiah Davenport, who paced the Bearcats 11 points in the competition, had 16 rebounds, seven rebounds in a 70-66 setback against Tulsa on Jan. 2.
Keith Williams, who averages the best 14.1 points per game, was limited to just six after a 1:10 performance from the floor. He had a team high of 18 points in the previous encounter with the Golden Hurricane.
That win for Tulsa (10-9, 7-7) was the fifth of six in a row.
Brandon Rachal achieved season totals in points (25) and rebounds (13) in this competition. Rachal averages the team’s best results in points (14.5), boards (6.6), stealing (1.5) and blocks (0.8).
Rachal had 13 points on February 16 while dealing with dire issues as the Golden Hurricane rebounded after losing its first three competitions on its homestand by five games with a 72-66 win over Temple. Tulsa’s scheduled home game against East Carolina on Saturday has been postponed as pirate program activities continued.
Elijah Joiner, who only had seven points when they first met Cincinnati, broke out against the Owls for a season high of 17.
“I’m proud of our efforts,” said Frank Haith, Golden Hurricane coach, according to Tulsa World. “I wanted us to compete against each other, fight, and understand who we are as a basketball team and how we have to play to be successful. I think we played Tulsa basketball again.”
– Field level media