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No. 12 Cincinnati uses strong start to defeat Richmond 75-48

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) Unlike the previous night, Cincinnati didn't need a hero on Tuesday night.

Instead, the 12th-ranked Bearcats relied on their defense, smothering Richmond in the first half and cruising into the championship game of the Cayman Islands Classic with a 75-48 win over the Spiders.

Cane Broome led a balanced attack with 13 points and Jacob Evans added 12 for the Bearcats (5-0).

Jarron Cumberland opened the scoring with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and Evans hit another before the Spiders scored and when Justin Jenifer hit a 3 just beyond the five-minute mark Cincinnati was up 14-4.

The Bearcats hit 8 of 14 3-pointers and shot 54 percent overall to race to a 40-14 lead at the half and Wyoming's opponent for Wednesday's championship game was never in doubt. Five different Cincinnati players had six to nine points while forcing the Spiders (1-3) into 13 turnovers and 4-of-18 shooting.

''The first half, we played great defensively and on offense, when we did make the right pass, we found open shooters,'' Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. ''We try to start the best defensive lineup. We want to focus on things that win games, defense, rebounding, physicality, and guys that play together.''

Jenifer went 3 of 4 from behind the arc, scoring all nine of his points in the first half. Gary Clark, the leader in a hard-fought 73-68 win over Buffalo in the opener on Monday night with 24 points and 14 rebounds, had his eight points - all in the first half - and finished with eight rebounds and seven assists.

Richmond made five 3-pointers and went 12 of 24 from the field but never challenged in the second half.

''Obviously Richmond has a young team,'' Cronin said. ''I thought Buffalo made us better last night. We were able to jump out to an early lead and put the game away with our defense.

Freshman Jacob Gilyard led the Spiders with 12 points.

BIG PICTURE

Richmond: Gilyard was leading the nation's true freshmen in playing time, averaging 37.3 minutes a game. He played 32 in the loss. ... Grant Golden, a redshirt freshman, had 26 points in a win over UAB in the opener, the most by a Spider freshman in 10 years and with his seven rebounds was the first UR frosh with a 20 and 7 line since 1999. The Bearcats held him to four points and one rebound on Tuesday. ... Khwan Fore, Richmond's leading scorer last year, made his debut after missing the first three games recovering from a stress reaction in his left shin. He went 1 for 1 from the foul line with a rebound and an assist and three fouls. ... The Spiders have one senior and five juniors.

Cincinnati: Freshman Sam Martin scored his first points, making a pair of free throws. ... The Bearcats had 20 assists on 25 baskets but they also had 20 turnovers, 11 in the second half. But in that first half had a 16-0 advantage in points off turnovers. ... With reserves seeing plenty of time, Cincinnati's bench outscored Richmond's 38-17, 28-15 in the second half.

NEXT GAME

Richmond will face Louisiana-Lafayette in the third place game Wednesday night.

Cincinnati meets Wyoming in the championship game Wednesday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 3 Jackson Bart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trevor Moore 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Trevor Moore 3.0
  Julius Johnson missed layup 5.0
  Defensive rebound by Jacob Gilyard 9.0
  Jackson Bart missed layup, blocked by Jordan Madrid-Andrews 11.0
+ 1 Jacob Gilyard made 2nd of 2 free throws 34.0
+ 1 Jacob Gilyard made 1st of 2 free throws 34.0
  Personal foul on Sam Martin 34.0
  Turnover on Trevor Moore 39.0
  Offensive foul on Trevor Moore 39.0
+ 3 Joe Kirby made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nathan Cayo 55.0
Team Stats
Points 48 75
Field Goals 16-42 (38.1%) 25-46 (54.3%)
3-Pointers 6-16 (37.5%) 13-24 (54.2%)
Free Throws 10-17 (58.8%) 12-17 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 22 35
Offensive 4 6
Defensive 15 27
Team 3 2
Assists 11 20
Steals 7 9
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 20 20
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
13 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Richmond 1-3 143448
home team logo 12 Cincinnati 5-0 403575
Team Stats
away team logo Richmond 1-3 70.1 PPG 31.6 RPG 15.7 APG
home team logo 12 Cincinnati 5-0 71.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
0
J. Gilyard G 16.2 PPG 2.9 RPG 5.2 APG 47.2 FG%
15
C. Broome G 8.3 PPG 1.7 RPG 2.2 APG 39.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Gilyard G 12 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
C. Broome G 13 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
38.1 FG% 54.3
37.5 3PT FG% 54.2
58.8 FT% 70.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Gilyard 12 2 2 3/9 2/4 4/4 0 32 2 0 1 0 2
S. Stansbury 7 1 1 2/4 0/1 3/6 0 20 2 0 0 0 1
D. Buckingham 6 7 3 2/7 1/3 1/2 1 32 0 0 7 2 5
G. Golden 4 1 0 2/8 0/1 0/0 4 22 0 1 2 0 1
N. Sherod 2 1 1 1/5 0/2 0/0 2 19 1 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Gilyard 12 2 2 3/9 2/4 4/4 0 32 2 0 1 0 2
S. Stansbury 7 1 1 2/4 0/1 3/6 0 20 2 0 0 0 1
D. Buckingham 6 7 3 2/7 1/3 1/2 1 32 0 0 7 2 5
G. Golden 4 1 0 2/8 0/1 0/0 4 22 0 1 2 0 1
N. Sherod 2 1 1 1/5 0/2 0/0 2 19 1 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Kirby 6 1 0 2/2 2/2 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
N. Cayo 6 2 1 3/4 0/1 0/0 2 23 0 1 0 1 1
J. Johnson 4 1 2 1/3 1/2 1/2 4 16 2 0 3 0 1
K. Fore 1 1 1 0/0 0/0 1/2 3 14 0 0 2 0 1
P. Friendshuh 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1 8 0 0 3 0 0
J. Madrid-Andrews 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 1 2 0 2
K. Oddo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Ford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gaitley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kulju - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Schneider - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Verbinskis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 48 19 11 16/42 6/16 10/17 18 200 7 3 20 4 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Evans III 12 1 4 5/8 2/5 0/0 2 22 0 2 1 0 1
J. Jenifer 9 1 3 3/4 3/4 0/0 3 15 0 0 3 0 1
G. Clark 8 8 7 2/5 2/3 2/2 1 20 1 0 1 2 6
J. Cumberland 6 5 0 2/7 2/5 0/0 0 18 2 1 1 2 3
N. Brooks 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 15 0 1 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Evans III 12 1 4 5/8 2/5 0/0 2 22 0 2 1 0 1
J. Jenifer 9 1 3 3/4 3/4 0/0 3 15 0 0 3 0 1
G. Clark 8 8 7 2/5 2/3 2/2 1 20 1 0 1 2 6
J. Cumberland 6 5 0 2/7 2/5 0/0 0 18 2 1 1 2 3
N. Brooks 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 15 0 1 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Broome 13 2 1 5/7 0/0 3/4 2 23 2 0 5 0 2
T. Moore 9 8 3 3/6 3/6 0/0 2 24 1 0 1 1 7
K. Washington 6 2 1 2/2 0/0 2/2 2 18 1 0 2 1 1
T. Scott 4 3 0 1/1 0/0 2/4 2 20 1 0 1 0 3
J. Bart 3 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Martin 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Williams 1 1 1 0/2 0/0 1/2 2 15 1 0 3 0 1
E. Nsoseme 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1 7 0 0 0 0 1
J. Koz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Diarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 33 20 25/46 13/24 12/17 21 200 9 4 20 6 27