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No. 12 Cincinnati routs Coppin State 97-54

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) At the outset, the Bearcats didn't miss a thing, hitting their first 13 shots and all four free throws. When they needed one more basket at the end to set a school record, they came up empty - the only disappointment in another dominating performance.

Jarron Cumberland led Cincinnati's opening blitz of perfect shooting, and the 12th-ranked Bearcats pulled away to a 97-54 victory over Coppin State on Thursday night. The game ended with a reserve guard dribbling out the clock and the crowd murmuring.

The Bearcats (3-0) piled up 107 and 102 points while beating Savannah State and Western Carolina. They were trying to reach triple digits in three straight games for the first time in school history.

''We were talking about it before the game,'' point guard Justin Jenifer said.

They knew it. They wanted it. They couldn't get it. Cincinnati failed to make a field goal in the last 4 minutes, missing five free throws during that span. Reserve guard John Koz dribbled out the clock - on coach Mick Cronin's orders - instead of taking a 3-point shot at the end.

''When you're up 43, you don't try to rub it in,'' Cronin said. ''At least I don't. I've been on the other end of that stick. That stuff doesn't concern me. I could care less if we get 100.''

The Bearcats made quick work of the Eagles (0-3), who have yet to score more than 54 points in a game. Cincinnati made its first 13 shots - five from beyond the arc - while racing ahead 35-13. Cumberland had 12 of his 17 points in the Bearcats' perfect opening spurt.

''We just wanted to reinforce the message that we're ready to go and not taking any of these games for granted,'' forward Kyle Washington said. ''It could be Coppin State, it could be the Los Angeles Lakers.''

Karonn Davis scored 10 points for Coppin State, which is playing three road games in four days.

''They shot the ball extremely well tonight,'' Coppin State coach Juan Dixon said. ''And they are just dogs. They defend. They get up in your face and play physical.''

Cincinnati won its 29th straight home game, a streak that spans two home courts. The Bearcats are playing this season at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University while their on-campus arena is renovated. They went 18-0 at Fifth Third Arena last season.

BIG PICTURE

Coppin State: The Eagles return only two starters and struggle to score. They missed their first six shots while falling behind 18-2.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have put up their huge point totals while using their full bench. Only one player has been on the court for more than 25 minutes in a game - Jacob Evans III played 29 minutes in the season opener.

TRIPLE-DIGIT HISTORY

The Bearcats had scored 100 points in back-to-back games only six times before this season. They last time was during the 2011-12 season.

UNBLEMISHED

Cincinnati is 21-0 all-time against current teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Coppin State is 0-11 all-time against teams from the American Athletic Conference.

EVANS HURTING

Evans, one of three returning starters, played only 5 minutes in the second half because of a sore hip. He finished with 11 points in 17 minutes.

COOL DOWN

The Bearcats hit a lull after opening the game 13 for 13. They went 19 of 50 (38 percent) the rest of the game.

ATTENDANCE

The Bearcats have drawn 6,610, 7,051 and 7,158 fans for their first three games at BB&T Arena, a half-hour drive from their campus. The school has shuttles for students to make the trip across the Ohio River.

UP NEXT

Coppin State makes the 4-hour drive to northern Ohio to play Cleveland State on Saturday night. They also play at Rutgers on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Cincinnati travels to the Cayman Islands Classic, playing Buffalo on Monday. If they win, the Bearcats will play the winner of the UAB-Richmond game.

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Key Players
D. Clayton
J. Evans III
26.0 Min. Per Game 26.0
14.0 Pts. Per Game 14.0
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
6.5 Reb. Per Game 6.5
24.0 Field Goal % 50.0
27.3 Three Point % 42.9
87.5 Free Throw % 73.3
  Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks 15.0
  Karonn Davis missed layup 17.0
  Offensive rebound by Karonn Davis 20.0
  Keandre Fair missed jump shot 22.0
+ 1 Trevor Moore made 3rd of 3 free throws 46.0
+ 1 Trevor Moore made 2nd of 3 free throws 46.0
  Trevor Moore missed 1st of 3 free throws 46.0
  Shooting foul on Keandre Fair 46.0
+ 2 Karonn Davis made jump shot 1:04
+ 1 Justin Jenifer made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:23
+ 1 Justin Jenifer made 1st of 2 free throws 1:23
Team Stats
Points 54 97
Field Goals 19-60 (31.7%) 32-63 (50.8%)
3-Pointers 4-19 (21.1%) 12-29 (41.4%)
Free Throws 12-12 (100.0%) 21-36 (58.3%)
Total Rebounds 27 51
Offensive 4 14
Defensive 22 34
Team 1 3
Assists 7 23
Steals 4 7
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 10 7
Fouls 24 10
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Coppin State 0-3 262854
home team logo 12 Cincinnati 3-0 554297
Team Stats
away team logo Coppin State 0-3 64.2 PPG 40.2 RPG 9.9 APG
home team logo 12 Cincinnati 3-0 71.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
00
K. Davis G PPG RPG APG FG%
34
J. Cumberland G 18.8 PPG 4.4 RPG 3.6 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Davis G 10 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
J. Cumberland G 19 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
31.7 FG% 50.8
21.1 3PT FG% 41.4
100.0 FT% 58.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Davis 10 3 2 3/9 0/2 4/4 3 23 0 0 2 1 2
D. Clayton 9 3 3 3/10 1/2 2/2 1 31 1 0 1 0 3
L. Morgan 8 2 1 2/5 0/2 4/4 2 24 0 1 0 0 2
A. Traore 8 3 0 3/6 1/1 1/1 5 22 0 0 2 0 3
C. Council Jr. 3 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 5 16 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Davis 10 3 2 3/9 0/2 4/4 3 23 0 0 2 1 2
D. Clayton 9 3 3 3/10 1/2 2/2 1 31 1 0 1 0 3
L. Morgan 8 2 1 2/5 0/2 4/4 2 24 0 1 0 0 2
A. Traore 8 3 0 3/6 1/1 1/1 5 22 0 0 2 0 3
C. Council Jr. 3 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 5 16 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Thomas 9 2 0 4/12 1/4 0/0 1 25 0 0 1 0 2
J. Boyce 5 1 1 2/4 0/0 1/1 1 16 2 0 0 0 1
C. Andrews-Fulton 2 7 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 19 1 0 1 3 4
L. Brownlee 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
T. Drummond 0 4 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 2 0 4
K. Fair 0 0 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 3 7 0 0 0 0 0
B. Simpson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hardwick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 26 7 19/60 4/19 12/12 24 200 4 1 10 4 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 19 9 3 7/14 4/10 1/4 0 25 0 1 0 1 8
G. Clark 12 9 2 5/8 1/3 1/2 2 17 1 0 0 5 4
K. Washington 11 6 1 5/11 0/1 1/4 1 20 0 2 0 1 5
J. Evans III 11 2 4 2/4 1/2 6/6 1 17 0 1 0 1 1
C. Broome 4 1 2 1/3 0/1 2/4 0 21 1 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 19 9 3 7/14 4/10 1/4 0 25 0 1 0 1 8
G. Clark 12 9 2 5/8 1/3 1/2 2 17 1 0 0 5 4
K. Washington 11 6 1 5/11 0/1 1/4 1 20 0 2 0 1 5
J. Evans III 11 2 4 2/4 1/2 6/6 1 17 0 1 0 1 1
C. Broome 4 1 2 1/3 0/1 2/4 0 21 1 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Jenifer 16 2 2 4/5 4/5 4/4 1 22 1 0 0 1 1
T. Scott 6 5 3 2/2 0/0 2/2 0 12 1 0 0 2 3
M. Diarra 5 3 1 1/5 1/2 2/2 0 9 0 1 1 1 2
T. Moore 5 2 0 1/3 1/3 2/4 1 14 2 0 1 1 1
K. Williams 4 2 2 2/6 0/2 0/3 0 18 1 0 2 0 2
N. Brooks 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 1 0 2
E. Nsoseme 2 5 2 1/1 0/0 0/1 3 13 0 0 1 1 4
J. Bart 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Koz 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Martin 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 97 48 23 32/63 12/29 21/36 10 200 7 5 7 14 34