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Cumberland leads Cincinnati over Western Michigan 78-52

CINCINNATI (AP) No listless start for Jarron Cumberland this time. Encouraged by his coach to assert himself from the outset, Cincinnati's junior guard shot early and had a career night.

Cumberland scored half of Cincinnati's points during an opening 22-4 run, and he matched his career high with 27 points on Monday night while leading the Bearcats to a 78-52 victory over Western Michigan.

Cincinnati (3-1) concluded a four-game stretch that opened its rebuilt on-campus arena, winning the last three after a loss to Ohio State.

Following a 76-64 win over Milwaukee , coach Mick Cronin pushed Cumberland - the Bearcats' top returning scorer - to be more aggressive at the start of games. The junior guard saw video of the coach's postgame media session and took it to heart.

''I watched the press conference after the last game,'' Cumberland said. ''I do need to get started at the beginning of games and not wait until the second half. I need to play a whole game.''

Cronin reminded him before the game about his slow starts, joking that he would have the trainer give him smelling salts if necessary to get him going.

''I think it worked,'' Cronin said. ''He came out ready to play.''

Cumberland made 5 of his first 6 shots as the Bearcats quickly took control and had 19 points in the first half. Cumberland finished 11 of 19 from the field and had a team-high six assists. Nysier Brooks added 15 points and 10 rebounds, his second straight double-double.

Michael Flowers scored 23 points - 18 in the first half - and had a team-high seven rebounds for Western Michigan (3-2). The Broncos had more turnovers (8) than shots attempted (7) during Cincinnati's opening spurt, managing only one field goal.

''Early on they jumped up on us big, and I thought that we were timid,'' coach Steve Hawkins said. ''I felt like we had our spots but we didn't attack.''

Western Michigan never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way, with Cincinnati leading by as many as 26.

BIG PICTURE

Western Michigan: The Broncos made 16 3-pointers against NAIA Aquinas College on Saturday, one shy of the school record. They were 6 of 20 against the Bearcats.

Cincinnati: Point guard Justin Jenifer missed a win over Milwaukee on Friday night with a stomach virus. He started on Monday, played 18 minutes, missed all four of his shots and had five assists.

SPEAK UP

Cronin said Cumberland's next big challenge is to become more assertive with teammates and help the newcomers do things right on the floor. Cumberland is one of the quietest players but he's counted on to provide leadership this season.

''That's his biggest adjustment,'' Cronin said. ''He's got to do it, though. If we're going to be any good, we need his voice and not just his points.''

SERIES STUFF

The teams hadn't played since Dec. 17, 1966. The Bearcats have won their last eight meetings and lead the series 16-1.

AT THE LINE

Western Michigan did a good job drawing fouls, but the Broncos were only 16 of 31 on free throws, with center Seth Dugan going 6 of 14. The Bearcats were 13 of 17 on free throws.

''Our free throws just killed us down the stretch,'' Hawkins said.

DOUBLES ALL AROUND

Brooks (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Trevon Scott (15 and 10) had their first career double-doubles during the win over Milwaukee. Brooks followed it with the second of his career, helping Cincinnati dominate the boards 42-27.

UP NEXT

Both teams head to Niceville, Florida, for the next round of the Emerald Coast Classic. The Broncos play Southern on Friday, while the Bearcats play George Mason.

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Key Players
M. Flowers
T. Scott
31.7 Min. Per Game 31.7
11.7 Pts. Per Game 11.7
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
6.3 Reb. Per Game 6.3
50.0 Field Goal % 51.6
66.7 Three Point % 33.3
83.3 Free Throw % 62.5
  Turnover on Keith Williams 23.0
  Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme 48.0
  Patrick Emilien missed layup, blocked by Eliel Nsoseme 50.0
+ 2 Keith Williams made layup, assist by Trevor Moore 1:10
  Lost ball turnover on Luke Toliver, stolen by Logan Johnson 1:15
+ 3 Cane Broome made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nysier Brooks 1:32
+ 2 Michael Flowers made layup 2:00
+ 2 Nysier Brooks made dunk, assist by Cane Broome 2:19
  Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks 2:41
  Josh Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot 2:43
+ 2 Nysier Brooks made layup 3:05
Team Stats
Points 52 78
Field Goals 15-45 (33.3%) 30-64 (46.9%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 5-13 (38.5%)
Free Throws 16-31 (51.6%) 13-17 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 27 42
Offensive 5 12
Defensive 19 28
Team 3 2
Assists 8 19
Steals 4 10
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 17 11
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
27 PTS, 6 AST
12T
away team logo W. Michigan 3-2 292352
home team logo Cincinnati 3-1 433578
Team Stats
away team logo W. Michigan 3-2 70.2 PPG 40.8 RPG 11.7 APG
home team logo Cincinnati 3-1 71.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
12
M. Flowers G 15.7 PPG 3.9 RPG 3.3 APG 38.7 FG%
34
J. Cumberland G 18.8 PPG 4.4 RPG 3.6 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Flowers G 23 PTS 7 REB 6 AST
J. Cumberland G 27 PTS 0 REB 6 AST
33.3 FG% 46.9
30.0 3PT FG% 38.5
51.6 FT% 76.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Flowers 23 7 6 7/11 4/5 5/6 2 34 1 0 3 0 7
S. Dugan 12 5 1 3/6 0/0 6/14 3 34 2 2 1 1 4
J. Davis 7 2 1 2/10 1/6 2/6 2 32 0 0 2 1 1
J. Printy 5 1 0 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 25 0 0 1 1 0
K. Wilkins 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 5 18 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Flowers 23 7 6 7/11 4/5 5/6 2 34 1 0 3 0 7
S. Dugan 12 5 1 3/6 0/0 6/14 3 34 2 2 1 1 4
J. Davis 7 2 1 2/10 1/6 2/6 2 32 0 0 2 1 1
J. Printy 5 1 0 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 25 0 0 1 1 0
K. Wilkins 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 5 18 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Boyer-Richard 2 0 0 0/3 0/2 2/2 1 10 0 0 2 0 0
P. Emilien 1 3 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 15 0 0 2 1 2
A. Ikongshul 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 2 5 0 0 2 0 0
T. Clifford 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Toliver 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
A. Martin 0 4 0 0/6 0/2 0/0 3 24 1 0 2 1 3
D. Houston 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Whitens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 24 8 15/45 6/20 16/31 18 200 4 2 17 5 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 27 0 6 11/19 4/7 1/1 2 32 2 0 2 0 0
N. Brooks 15 10 1 5/11 0/0 5/5 4 23 0 2 2 2 8
K. Williams 8 5 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 0 21 4 1 3 3 2
T. Scott 4 3 2 2/7 0/0 0/0 3 30 1 0 0 1 2
J. Jenifer 0 1 5 0/4 0/2 0/0 2 18 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 27 0 6 11/19 4/7 1/1 2 32 2 0 2 0 0
N. Brooks 15 10 1 5/11 0/0 5/5 4 23 0 2 2 2 8
K. Williams 8 5 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 0 21 4 1 3 3 2
T. Scott 4 3 2 2/7 0/0 0/0 3 30 1 0 0 1 2
J. Jenifer 0 1 5 0/4 0/2 0/0 2 18 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Broome 14 5 3 5/9 1/2 3/3 1 28 1 0 2 0 5
R. Fredericks 4 4 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 2 2
M. Diarra 2 6 1 0/2 0/0 2/4 2 12 1 0 0 2 4
T. Moore 2 2 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 10 0 0 0 1 1
E. Nsoseme 2 4 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 3 6 0 1 1 1 3
L. Johnson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 11 1 0 1 0 0
J. Koz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Hardnett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gillam Toyambi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 40 19 30/64 5/13 13/17 21 200 10 4 11 12 28