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No. 24 Cincinnati beats Marshall 93-91 in OT

CINCINNATI (AP) Troy Caupain missed yet another shot on his off night, and the ball got slapped back to him as he stood unguarded in the middle of the lane. He put up another shot that finally went in for the game-winner.

Caupain got the rebound of his missed shot and made a short jumper with 0.7 seconds left in overtime Thursday night, rallying No. 24 Cincinnati to a 93-91 victory over Marshall after the Bearcats trailed nearly the entire game.

''I tried to spin and just get it up in time,'' said Caupain , who missed 11 of his 14 shots overall. ''Unfortunately I missed the first one. I was just right there at the right time.''

The Bearcats (10-2) trailed by as many as 15 points in regulation and held the lead only briefly, 75-74 on Tre Scott's free throw with 2:49 left. A 3-pointer by Jacob Evans III off a Marshall turnover tied it at 80 and sent it to overtime.

Gary Clark led Cincinnati with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Evans had 25 points.

''I'm not happy with anybody,'' coach Mick Cronin said. ''We had a terrible attitude and were unprepared for the game.''

Stevie Browning scored 28 points for Marshall (7-5) and made a career-high six 3s, leading a perimeter attack that took control at the outset . Marshall made five of its first six shots from beyond the arc - each by a different player - while pulling ahead 19-4.

''It was one after another,'' Clark said. ''There was a lack of communication defensively. They came out ready. The coaches kept preaching to us how offensively talented these guys were and any slight miscommunication, they found the open guy and it was going up.''

The Thundering Herd made a season-high 14 3-pointers in the first half alone, taking a 50-38 lead to the locker room. Browning had 21 points in the half.

Marshall came up just short in its attempt to beat a ranked team for the first time since its 75-71 win over West Virginia on Jan. 19, 2011.

''It makes you sick to your stomach,'' Browning said. ''You lose sleep over games like this. It's like your heart's getting ripped out.''

BIG PICTURE

Marshall: The Thundering Herd came in averaging 86.2 points per game, ranked 17th nationally. Marshall has scored 70 points in 32 straight games, 11 shy of the school record.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats emphasize defense and rebounding, but repeatedly gave up open 3-pointers that got Marshall going. They hadn't allowed more than 10 3-pointers in a game this season until Thursday night, when Marshall went 17 of 30.

''I could have made some of those shots in the first half,'' Cronin said. ''Nobody was guarding anybody.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Cincinnati's ragged showing in its only game this week - against a team that hasn't won a game on the road this season - won't help its cause and could cost it votes.

TECHNICAL FOUL

Marshall's Ryan Taylor got a technical foul in the first half. He appeared to kick at Cincinnati's Kevin Johnson, who was down on the court during a scrum for the ball at the baseline. Taylor argued against the technical, and then shook Johnson's hand after he got up. Taylor fouled out with 2:49 left in regulation, having scored 14 points.

UP NEXT

Marshall concludes nonconference play at Pittsburgh on Dec. 28.

Cincinnati opens American Athletic Conference play at Temple on Dec. 28.

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Key Players
S. Browning
T. Caupain
31.1 Min. Per Game 31.1
10.5 Pts. Per Game 10.5
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
48.8 Field Goal % 41.4
51.5 Three Point % 23.8
85.7 Free Throw % 60.7
  Bad pass turnover on C.J. Burks 1.0
+ 2 Troy Caupain made jump shot 1.0
  Bad pass turnover on C.J. Burks 1.0
  Bad pass turnover on C.J. Burks 1.0
+ 2 Troy Caupain made jump shot 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Troy Caupain 3.0
  Troy Caupain missed jump shot 5.0
  Offensive rebound by Cincinnati 28.0
  Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
+ 1 Ajdin Penava made 2nd of 2 free throws 55.0
+ 1 Ajdin Penava made 1st of 2 free throws 55.0
Team Stats
Points 91 93
Field Goals 31-71 (43.7%) 38-75 (50.7%)
3-Pointers 17-30 (56.7%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 12-12 (100.0%) 10-23 (43.5%)
Total Rebounds 37 43
Offensive 8 11
Defensive 25 28
Team 4 4
Assists 18 21
Steals 6 9
Blocks 2 8
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 16 12
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
26 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
12OTT
away team logo Marshall 7-5 50301191
home team logo 24 Cincinnati 10-2 38421393
Team Stats
away team logo Marshall 7-5 83.8 PPG 38.8 RPG 17.1 APG
home team logo 24 Cincinnati 10-2 74.3 PPG 42.7 RPG 15.8 APG
Key Players
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S. Browning G PPG RPG APG FG%
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G. Clark F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
S. Browning G 28 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
G. Clark F 26 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
43.7 FG% 50.7
56.7 3PT FG% 43.8
100.0 FT% 43.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Browning 41 28 6 4 1 0 2 3 11/22 6/8 0/0 2 4
J. Elmore 41 20 4 6 1 0 4 0 6/16 4/10 4/4 0 4
R. Taylor 27 14 5 3 1 0 1 5 4/10 2/3 4/4 2 3
A. Penava 30 9 8 0 1 2 4 3 3/8 1/3 2/2 3 5
A. Loop 27 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Browning 41 28 6 4 1 0 2 3 11/22 6/8 0/0 2 4
J. Elmore 41 20 4 6 1 0 4 0 6/16 4/10 4/4 0 4
R. Taylor 27 14 5 3 1 0 1 5 4/10 2/3 4/4 2 3
A. Penava 30 9 8 0 1 2 4 3 3/8 1/3 2/2 3 5
A. Loop 27 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Burks 29 14 6 2 2 0 2 3 5/9 2/2 2/2 0 6
M. Mijovic 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
A. Nikolic 13 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
C. Thieneman 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1
O. Elmore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Frampton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Kilgore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Bledsoe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 91 33 18 6 2 14 16 31/71 17/30 12/12 8 25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
G. Clark 38 26 10 3 0 2 1 1 12/15 1/1 1/4 4 6
J. Evans III 45 25 4 5 4 1 2 2 9/15 4/5 3/5 1 3
K. Johnson 37 12 2 3 2 1 1 2 5/9 2/5 0/0 0 2
K. Washington 14 8 5 0 0 1 2 1 4/9 0/0 0/0 3 2
T. Caupain 35 7 12 6 2 1 1 2 3/14 0/2 1/5 2 10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
G. Clark 38 26 10 3 0 2 1 1 12/15 1/1 1/4 4 6
J. Evans III 45 25 4 5 4 1 2 2 9/15 4/5 3/5 1 3
K. Johnson 37 12 2 3 2 1 1 2 5/9 2/5 0/0 0 2
K. Washington 14 8 5 0 0 1 2 1 4/9 0/0 0/0 3 2
T. Caupain 35 7 12 6 2 1 1 2 3/14 0/2 1/5 2 10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Scott 26 8 5 1 1 1 3 2 3/6 0/0 2/5 1 4
J. Jenifer 13 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 1/2 0 1
N. Brooks 10 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Cumberland 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 0
Z. Tobler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Koz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 93 39 21 9 8 11 12 38/75 7/16 10/23 11 28