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No. 21 Cincinnati routs Memphis 82-48, extending home streak

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) The Bearcats' shooting touch was off after a long layoff. The defense was crisp as always, allowing them to have an easy time extending their streak.

Gary Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, and Jarron Cumberland scored 15 points, leading No. 21 Cincinnati to an 82-48 victory over Memphis on Sunday that prolonged the nation's longest active home-court winning streak.

Playing their first game in 10 days, the Bearcats (12-2, 1-0 American Athletic) came out rusty but turned up the defense and were in control by halftime.

''We were excited to play basketball, and play it the right way,'' said Jacob Evans III, who had 12 points and six assists.

Clark had an alley-oop dunk and a 3-pointer that started a 15-2 run late in the half, pushing Cincinnati's lead to 20 points. The Tigers shot three air balls during the spurt as the Bearcats' defense took control. Cumberland hit a jumper and a 3-pointer as the Bearcats padded the lead to 30 points early in the second half.

''We looked rusty on offense early with Gary and Kyle (Washington) missing some shots,'' coach Mick Cronin said. ''We passed the ball well the entire game. If you continue to pass it well, you're going to get some open shots.''

The Bearcats were picked to win the AAC - a slight favorite over newcomer Wichita State - and played up to expectations defensively.

Memphis (9-5, 0-1) had its worst showing of the season on offense, finishing with its fewest points and a season-low 32 percent shooting from the field. The Tigers were only 4 of 22 from beyond the arc. Kareem Brewton Jr. led Memphis with 17 points.

''We just weren't ready,'' coach Tubby Smith said. ''I thought we came ready, but we were intimidated early on, especially with our turnovers. We played so poorly, shot so poorly, and against a good team like Cincinnati, they will make you look bad and they'll beat you like this if you have any letdown at all.''

The Bearcats have won 34 straight home games on two courts. They've gone 8-0 while 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

Memphis: The inexperienced Tigers are still getting accustomed to playing on the road. The conference opener was only their second true road game of the season. They lost at UAB 71-56 on Nov. 20. Memphis has only two returning letter winners, tied for fewest in the country.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats were missing point guard Cane Broome, sidelined by a sprained ankle. Justin Jenifer played 23 minutes and had seven points with four assists. Evans also filled in at point guard when Jenifer was on the bench.

''It's a position I played in high school,'' Evans said. ''I'm pretty comfortable there.''

TUBBY'S HOMECOMING

Smith coached his first game in the Bluegrass State since Feb. 28, 2007, when he led Kentucky to an 82-70 win over Georgia. Smith coached the Wildcats from 1997-2007.

OUCH!

Cincinnati's Keith Williams and Memphis' David Nickelberry banged heads while going for a loose ball early in the game. Nickelberry went to the locker room for treatment and returned with a bandage over his right eye. He returned and played a total of 14 minutes and missed his only shot.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Clark has 22 career double-doubles, the most by a Cincinnati player since Yancy Gates had 23 from 2009-12.

PAGING PITINO

Cronin sent Rick Pitino a Bearcats shirt and is trying to get him to attend a practice and address the team when it's in Florida later this month. Cronin was an assistant to Pitino at Louisville before becoming a head coach.

UP NEXT

Memphis: At Central Florida on Wednesday night.

Cincinnati: At Temple on Thursday night.

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Key Players
J. Martin
3 G
J. Evans III
1 G/F
29.2 Min. Per Game 29.2
13.6 Pts. Per Game 13.6
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
41.9 Field Goal % 48.9
31.1 Three Point % 42.2
78.7 Free Throw % 76.9
  Offensive rebound by Jackson Bart 24.0
  Eliel Nsoseme missed layup 26.0
  Offensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme 30.0
  Mamoudou Diarra missed jump shot 32.0
+ 1 Kareem Brewton Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
+ 1 Kareem Brewton Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 47.0
  Personal foul on Sam Martin 47.0
+ 2 Eliel Nsoseme made layup, assist by Sam Martin 55.0
  Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme 1:09
  Malik Rhodes missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:11
  Out of bounds turnover on Keith Williams 1:21
Team Stats
Points 48 82
Field Goals 18-56 (32.1%) 32-61 (52.5%)
3-Pointers 4-22 (18.2%) 9-18 (50.0%)
Free Throws 8-17 (47.1%) 9-17 (52.9%)
Total Rebounds 30 45
Offensive 10 12
Defensive 17 28
Team 3 5
Assists 6 23
Steals 2 9
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 13 9
Fouls 15 14
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Memphis 9-5 163248
home team logo 21 Cincinnati 12-2 354782
Team Stats
away team logo Memphis 9-5 80.1 PPG 40.9 RPG 15.4 APG
home team logo 21 Cincinnati 12-2 71.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
5
K. Brewton Jr. G 8.1 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.3 APG 46.3 FG%
34
J. Cumberland G 18.8 PPG 4.4 RPG 3.6 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Brewton Jr. G 17 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
J. Cumberland G 15 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
32.1 FG% 52.5
18.2 3PT FG% 50.0
47.1 FT% 52.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Parks Jr. 10 3 0 4/7 1/1 1/4 1 32 0 0 0 2 1
J. Martin 8 5 0 4/14 0/5 0/3 2 30 2 0 3 1 4
K. Davenport 5 2 0 2/6 1/4 0/2 3 16 0 1 2 0 2
J. Rivers 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 20 0 0 3 0 0
Ja. Johnson 0 6 2 0/5 0/2 0/0 3 26 0 1 1 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Parks Jr. 10 3 0 4/7 1/1 1/4 1 32 0 0 0 2 1
J. Martin 8 5 0 4/14 0/5 0/3 2 30 2 0 3 1 4
K. Davenport 5 2 0 2/6 1/4 0/2 3 16 0 1 2 0 2
J. Rivers 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 20 0 0 3 0 0
Ja. Johnson 0 6 2 0/5 0/2 0/0 3 26 0 1 1 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Brewton Jr. 17 5 1 6/13 0/3 5/6 2 17 0 0 0 2 3
M. Rhodes 3 0 1 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 15 0 0 3 0 0
R. Thornton 3 2 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 1 1
V. Enoh 2 4 0 0/3 0/0 2/2 0 14 0 0 0 2 2
D. Nickelberry 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 14 0 0 1 0 0
Je. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Moffatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Sameh Azab - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Olds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 48 27 6 18/56 4/22 8/17 15 200 2 2 13 10 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 15 8 4 6/9 2/3 1/1 2 29 2 1 1 2 6
G. Clark 13 10 2 5/7 1/1 2/4 1 23 2 1 2 1 9
J. Evans III 12 5 6 5/10 2/4 0/0 1 31 1 0 2 2 3
J. Jenifer 7 1 4 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 23 2 0 0 0 1
K. Washington 6 2 0 2/6 0/0 2/3 3 14 0 2 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 15 8 4 6/9 2/3 1/1 2 29 2 1 1 2 6
G. Clark 13 10 2 5/7 1/1 2/4 1 23 2 1 2 1 9
J. Evans III 12 5 6 5/10 2/4 0/0 1 31 1 0 2 2 3
J. Jenifer 7 1 4 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 23 2 0 0 0 1
K. Washington 6 2 0 2/6 0/0 2/3 3 14 0 2 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Moore 12 2 1 4/7 3/6 1/2 2 16 1 0 0 2 0
N. Brooks 6 3 0 3/6 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 0 2 0 3
E. Nsoseme 5 4 0 2/5 0/0 1/3 1 9 0 0 0 1 3
K. Williams 3 0 1 1/3 0/1 1/2 1 17 0 0 2 0 0
M. Diarra 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
T. Scott 1 3 3 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 13 1 0 0 2 1
J. Bart 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
J. Koz 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Martin 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Broome - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 40 23 32/61 9/18 9/17 14 200 9 4 9 12 28