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Scott has 22, Cincinnati beats Northern Kentucky 78-65

CINCINNATI (AP) Trevon Scott got fouled, went to the line and swished his first two free throws of the game. They felt so good that he knew he was onto something.

Scott scored a career-high 22 points as part of his second double-double on Tuesday night, and Cincinnati's bigger front line dominated in a 78-65 victory over Northern Kentucky, the school that shared its home court with the Bearcats last season.

The Bearcats (8-1) have won eight straight since an opening 64-56 home loss to Ohio State.

''We're just locked into what we're used to - defense first,'' point guard Justin Jenifer said.

They knew they could use their size advantage to draw fouls and clamp down on Northern Kentucky's best player. They ended up outscoring the Norse on free throws by 20 points. Scott went 12 of 13 from the line, making his first dozen attempts.

''It was a confidence thing,'' said Scott, who also matched his career high with 10 rebounds. ''I stepped up there, made the first two and was in the same rhythm.''

The Norse (8-2) are off to their best start since moving up to Division I two years ago. The schools shared Northern Kentucky's home court last season while the Bearcats' on-campus arena was renovated, with Cincinnati going 15-1. The only blemish was a loss to Wichita State.

Given a chance to play Cincinnati, the Norse got dominated.

''I thought we'd come in here and compete, that we'd give them a game,'' Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen said. ''I'm disappointed we didn't.''

Scott made 10 free throws in the first half and had 14 points - one shy of his career high - as the Bearcats took control. Their taller front line dominated the Norse, outrebounding them 19-4 at the outset. Cincinnati went 26 of 33 on free throws overall.

Tyler Sharpe scored 16 for Northern Kentucky. Junior guard Drew McDonald, the Horizon League's preseason player of the year, missed all seven of his shots in the first half and his first eight overall before scoring with 16:25 left. McDonald finished 3 of 15 for eight points.

''Our plan was not to let him catch it in the post,'' Scott said. ''We executed that.''

BIG PICTURE

Northern Kentucky: The Norse have prospered by driving to the basket and drawing fouls. Coming into the game, their 228 free throws ranked 11th nationally. They couldn't get inside Cincinnati's defense and got only five free throws in the opening half. They finished 6 of 15 at the line.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats are playing four games against Northern Kentucky over seven years as part of the arrangement to share its arena last season. Each team gets a pair of homes games in the arrangement. They hadn't played since the 1980s.

SERIES STUFF

The teams played eight times in the 1980s, all on Cincinnati's court, and the Bearcats won them all.

TEED UP

Brannen got a technical foul early in the second half and bristled.

''I was frustrated because I asked a question and got a technical,'' Brannen said, adding that the officials showed some ''arrogance'' in the way they talked to him during the game.

NKU RECORD

McDonald had eight rebounds, giving him 858 career, one shy of LaRon Moore's school record.

UP NEXT

Northern Kentucky plays at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

Cincinnati hosts crosstown rival Xavier on Saturday. The Musketeers have won eight of 11 in the series, including an 89-76 win last season on Xavier's campus.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Cincinnati  
19:44   Nysier Brooks missed jump shot  
19:42   Defensive rebound by Tyler Sharpe  
19:13 +2 Tyler Sharpe made layup 2-0
18:55 +2 Nysier Brooks made dunk, assist by Jarron Cumberland 2-2
18:44 +3 Dantez Walton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Zaynah Robinson 5-2
18:21 +2 Keith Williams made layup 5-4
18:05   Drew McDonald missed jump shot  
18:03   Defensive rebound by Keith Williams  
18:03   Personal foul on Trevon Faulkner  
17:50   Personal foul on Tyler Sharpe  
17:35   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot  
17:33   Defensive rebound by Drew McDonald  
17:15   Drew McDonald missed layup, blocked by Tre Scott  
17:13   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
16:54 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 5-7
16:40   Dantez Walton missed layup  
16:38   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
16:20   Eliel Nsoseme missed jump shot  
16:18   Offensive rebound by Keith Williams  
16:18   Shooting foul on Dantez Walton  
16:18 +1 Keith Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 5-8
16:18 +1 Keith Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-9
15:50 +3 Tyler Sharpe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dantez Walton 8-9
15:35   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
15:33   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
15:30   Turnover on Tre Scott  
15:11   Turnover on Paul Djoko  
15:00   Turnover on Jarron Cumberland  
14:46 +2 Jalen Tate made layup 10-9
14:19   Cane Broome missed jump shot  
14:17   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
14:16   Personal foul on Chris Vogt  
14:01   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:59   Offensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
13:46 +2 Justin Jenifer made layup, assist by Tre Scott 10-11
13:29   Jalen Tate missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:27   Defensive rebound by Trevor Moore  
13:10   Shooting foul on Silas Adheke  
13:10 +1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 10-12
13:10 +1 Tre Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-13
12:57 +2 Jalen Tate made layup 12-13
12:57   Shooting foul on Keith Williams  
12:57 +1 Jalen Tate made free throw 13-13
12:43   Lost ball turnover on Rashawn Fredericks, stolen by Silas Adheke  
12:30   Lost ball turnover on Jalen Tate, stolen by Eliel Nsoseme  
12:29   Personal foul on Silas Adheke  
12:23 +2 Jarron Cumberland made jump shot, assist by Cane Broome 13-15
12:04   Dantez Walton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:02   Offensive rebound by Tyler Sharpe  
11:50   Tyler Sharpe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:48   Defensive rebound by Cane Broome  
11:40   Cane Broome missed jump shot  
11:38   Offensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
11:35 +2 Eliel Nsoseme made layup 13-17
11:30   Lost ball turnover on Tyler Sharpe, stolen by Cane Broome  
11:25   Cane Broome missed layup, blocked by Paul Djoko  
11:23   Offensive rebound by Keith Williams  
11:18 +2 Keith Williams made layup 13-19
11:04   Lost ball turnover on Dantez Walton, stolen by Cane Broome  
10:59   Cane Broome missed layup, blocked by Paul Djoko  
10:57   Offensive rebound by Cane Broome  
10:50   Shooting foul on Drew McDonald  
10:50   Jarron Cumberland missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:50   Jarron Cumberland missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:50   Defensive rebound by Drew McDonald  
10:45   Tyler Sharpe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:43   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
10:42   Personal foul on Trevon Faulkner  
10:42 +1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 13-20
10:42 +1 Tre Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-21
10:30   Drew McDonald missed layup  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
10:15   Keith Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:13   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
9:56   Shooting foul on Dantez Walton  
9:56 +1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 13-22
9:56 +1 Tre Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-23
9:25   Shooting foul on Nysier Brooks  
9:25   Chris Vogt missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:25   Chris Vogt missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
9:11   Jarron Cumberland missed layup  
9:09   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
8:55   Personal foul on Drew McDonald  
8:55 +1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 13-24
8:55 +1 Tre Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-25
8:32   Jalen Tate missed jump shot, blocked by Keith Williams  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
8:28 +2 Cane Broome made layup, assist by Jarron Cumberland 13-27
8:10   Personal foul on Keith Williams  
7:58   Dantez Walton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
7:36   Rashawn Fredericks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:34   Defensive rebound by Dantez Walton  
7:25   Shooting foul on Nysier Brooks  
7:25 +1 Chris Vogt made 1st of 2 free throws 14-27
7:25   Chris Vogt missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:25   Defensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks  
7:05   Shooting foul on Jalen Tate  
7:05 +1 Cane Broome made 1st of 2 free throws 14-28
7:05 +1 Cane Broome made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-29
6:50   Dantez Walton missed layup  
6:48   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
6:39   Cane Broome missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:37   Defensive rebound by Dantez Walton  
6:22 +2 Chris Vogt made layup, assist by Jalen Tate 16-29
6:05   Turnover on Rashawn Fredericks  
5:55   Turnover on Jalen Tate  
5:35   Trevor Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:33   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
5:28 +2 Eliel Nsoseme made layup, assist by Jarron Cumberland 16-31
5:08   Drew McDonald missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:06   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
4:50 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 16-34
4:35   Shooting foul on Trevor Moore  
4:33 +3 Dantez Walton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Vogt 19-34
4:13 +2 Tre Scott made jump shot, assist by Trevor Moore 19-36
4:00   Dantez Walton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:58   Offensive rebound by Jalen Tate  
3:55   Jalen Tate missed jump shot  
3:53   Offensive rebound by Jalen Tate  
3:53 +2 Jalen Tate made jump shot 21-36
3:28   Cane Broome missed jump shot  
3:26   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
3:25   Shooting foul on Dantez Walton  
3:25 +1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 21-37
3:25 +1 Tre Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-38
3:09   Jalen Tate missed jump shot  
3:07   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
2:55 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tre Scott 21-41
2:30   Drew McDonald missed jump shot  
2:28   Offensive rebound by Chris Vogt  
2:26 +2 Chris Vogt made layup 23-41
2:08   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
2:06   Defensive rebound by Jalen Tate  
1:50 +3 Zaynah Robinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Drew McDonald 26-41
1:25 +2 Tre Scott made jump shot 26-43
1:08 +2 Jalen Tate made layup, assist by Drew McDonald 28-43
38.0   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
36.0   Offensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
34.0   Eliel Nsoseme missed jump shot  
34.0   Offensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
34.0   Shooting foul on Zaynah Robinson  
34.0 +1 Eliel Nsoseme made 1st of 2 free throws 28-44
34.0 +1 Eliel Nsoseme made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-45
9.0   Dantez Walton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7.0   Offensive rebound by Dantez Walton  
4.0   Drew McDonald missed jump shot  
2.0   Offensive rebound by Drew McDonald  
2.0   Drew McDonald missed jump shot  
0.0   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:41   Personal foul on Dantez Walton  
19:41   Turnover on Dantez Walton  
19:25   Keith Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:23   Defensive rebound by Northern Kentucky  
19:17 +3 Zaynah Robinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyler Sharpe 31-45
19:05 +2 Nysier Brooks made dunk, assist by Justin Jenifer 31-47
18:45   Drew McDonald missed layup, blocked by Nysier Brooks  
18:43   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
18:42   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Northern Kentucky  
18:42 +1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 31-48
18:42 +1 Tre Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-49
18:36   Turnover on Tyler Sharpe  
18:25   Shooting foul on Chris Vogt  
18:25   Keith Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:25   Keith Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
18:25   Offensive rebound by Cane Broome  
18:23   Personal foul on Jarron Cumberland  
18:23   Turnover on Jarron Cumberland  
18:00   Shooting foul on Cane Broome  
18:00   Jalen Tate missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:00   Jalen Tate missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
18:00   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
17:50   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:48   Defensive rebound by Tyler Sharpe  
17:44   Tyler Sharpe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:42   Offensive rebound by Trevon Faulkner  
17:38 +2 Trevon Faulkner made layup 33-49
17:17 +2 Keith Williams made jump shot 33-51
17:00   Shooting foul on Nysier Brooks  
17:00   Chris Vogt missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:00   Chris Vogt missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:00   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
16:45   Shooting foul on Jalen Tate  
16:45 +1 Keith Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 33-52
16:45   Keith Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
16:45   Defensive rebound by Drew McDonald  
16:25 +2 Drew McDonald made jump shot 35-52
16:07   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
16:05   Defensive rebound by Drew McDonald  
15:42   Jalen Tate missed layup  
15:40   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
15:29   Keith Williams missed layup  
15:27   Defensive rebound by Drew McDonald  
15:19 +3 Jalen Tate made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Zaynah Robinson 38-52
14:57   Personal foul on Zaynah Robinson  
14:44   Shooting foul on Silas Adheke  
14:44 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 1st of 2 free throws 38-53
14:44 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-54
14:36   Lost ball turnover on Drew McDonald, stolen by Rashawn Fredericks  
14:30   Lost ball turnover on Trevor Moore, stolen by Jalen Tate  
14:24 +3 Drew McDonald made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Tate 41-54
14:05   Lost ball turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by Jalen Tate  
14:05   Shooting foul on Rashawn Fredericks  
14:05   Jalen Tate missed 1st of 2 free throws  
14:05 +1 Jalen Tate made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-54
13:38   Shooting foul on Jalen Tate  
13:38   Tre Scott missed free throw  
13:37   Defensive rebound by Drew McDonald  
13:29   Jalen Tate missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:27   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
13:11 +2 Tre Scott made jump shot 42-56
12:54   Drew McDonald missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:52   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
12:46   Lost ball turnover on Keith Williams, stolen by Zaynah Robinson  
12:41   Zaynah Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:39   Defensive rebound by Trevor Moore  
12:07   Keith Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:05   Defensive rebound by Northern Kentucky  
11:59   Dantez Walton missed layup  
11:57   Offensive rebound by Dantez Walton  
11:48   Shooting foul on Keith Williams  
11:48 +1 Dantez Walton made 1st of 2 free throws 43-56
11:48 +1 Dantez Walton made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-56
11:32   Lost ball turnover on Keith Williams, stolen by Dantez Walton  
11:05   Drew McDonald missed jump shot  
11:03   Offensive rebound by Dantez Walton  
10:58   Dantez Walton missed layup  
10:56   Offensive rebound by Northern Kentucky  
10:51   Lost ball turnover on Drew McDonald, stolen by Logan Johnson  
10:46 +2 Jarron Cumberland made layup, assist by Logan Johnson 44-58
10:29 +2 Trevon Faulkner made layup 46-58
10:09 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tre Scott 46-61
9:50 +2 Tyler Sharpe made layup 48-61
9:19 +2 Tre Scott made jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 48-63
8:55   Jalen Tate missed layup  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Logan Johnson  
8:31 +2 Nysier Brooks made jump shot 48-65
8:16   Dantez Walton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Logan Johnson  
7:55   Shooting foul on Drew McDonald  
7:55 +1 Nysier Brooks made 1st of 2 free throws 48-66
7:55 +1 Nysier Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-67
7:36   Turnover on Drew McDonald  
7:15   Turnover on Nysier Brooks  
7:03   Zaynah Robinson missed layup  
7:01   Offensive rebound by Northern Kentucky  
6:50   Personal foul on Logan Johnson  
6:40 +3 Drew McDonald made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dantez Walton 51-67
6:08   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot, blocked by Trevon Faulkner  
6:06   Defensive rebound by Drew McDonald  
6:03 +2 Trevon Faulkner made layup 53-67
5:30   Shooting foul on Trevon Faulkner  
5:30 +1 Justin Jenifer made 1st of 2 free throws 53-68
5:30 +1 Justin Jenifer made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-69
5:09   Drew McDonald missed jump shot, blocked by Nysier Brooks  
5:07   Offensive rebound by Zaynah Robinson  
5:04   Jalen Tate missed 3-pt. jump shot