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Cumberland scores 25, Cincinnati routs UCLA 93-64

CINCINNATI (AP) UCLA hadn't been beaten so soundly in nearly four years. That's how good the Bearcats' defense was, right from the start.

Jarron Cumberland scored 19 of his 25 points during Cincinnati's dominant first half, and the Bearcats dominated every phase in a 93-64 rout of the Bruins on Wednesday night.

As usual, this Cincinnati win started with relentless defense.

''A lot of people are surprised by our toughness because our defense is something special,'' said Nysier Brooks, who had 14 points. ''Nobody knows what it is, but it's something special.''

Cincinnati (10-2) pulled ahead by 20 in the first half and was never challenged as the Bearcats beat the Bruins (7-4) by double-digits for the second straight season. Keith Williams added a career-high 19 points for Cincinnati, which shot 52.4 percent from the field.

''In fairness, when you shoot the ball like that at home, you're going to win,'' coach Mick Cronin said. ''Combined with great defense, you're going to win easy.''

The Bruins were coming off a 74-72 home loss to Belmont , blowing 12-point lead in the second half. They couldn't keep up with Cincinnati, which took control with a 23-4 run in the first half and sent UCLA to its most lopsided loss since a 71-39 defeat at Utah on Jan. 4, 2015.

''Tonight, from about eight minutes into the game, defensively we were really poor,'' coach Steve Alford said.

Kris Wilkes led the Bruins with 21 points in the first of back-to-back games against Ohio teams. They play Ohio State on Saturday, their final chance for a noteworthy win before getting into Pac-12 play.

''This is a huge road trip for us because we are trying to build a resume, trying to build energy and momentum going into conference play,'' Alford said.

Cincinnati was coming off a 70-59 loss at No. 18 Mississippi State that ended the Bearcats' nine-game winning streak. Their offense was a problem at the end, freezing up with the game on the line. The Bearcats got all the shots they wanted against UCLA, making a season-high 12 from beyond the arc to go with 30 points in the paint.

''This game was definitely like a bounce-back statement for us as a team,'' Brooks said.

Brooks had a three-point play and a pair of layups during the 23-4 run that put Cincinnati in control. The Bruins managed only four free throws during the span.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: The Bruins repeatedly allowed backdoor layups as Belmont overcame the 12-point deficit to pull out the win. Tightening the front-line defense was their priority, and they didn't do very well as Cincinnati got every type of open shot.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats' biggest challenge was matching up to UCLA's imposing front line. The Bruins rank No. 5 nationally in rebounding with 44.7 per game, and the Bearcats pride themselves on controlling the boards. Cincinnati got the better of it 38-25.

HUGGINS IN THE HOUSE

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins got a standing ovation from the crowd of 12,689 when he was honored at halftime along with the two other Bearcats coaches who led Cincinnati to a Final Four. The families of George Smith and Ed Jucker also were recognized. Huggins coaches 16 seasons at Cincinnati and reached the Final Four in 1992. Huggins won 399 games overall, the most by a Cincinnati basketball coach.

BRUINS' BAD TIMES IN THE BUCKEYE STATE

UCLA got drubbed in the state where its season ended in March. The Bruins lost to St. Bonaventure 65-58 in the First Four in Dayton last season.

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

The schools have played each of the last three seasons. UCLA won 79-67 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Sacramento. Last December, the Bearcats won 77-63 at Pauley Pavilion.

UP NEXT

UCLA plays No. 15 Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago on Saturday.

Cincinnati hosts South Carolina State on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Shot clock violation turnover on Cincinnati 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks 35.0
  Chris Smith missed jump shot 37.0
+ 1 Logan Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 52.0
+ 1 Logan Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 52.0
  Shooting foul on Jules Bernard 52.0
+ 1 Jules Bernard made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:03
  Jules Bernard missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:03
  Personal foul on Sam Martin 1:03
  Defensive rebound by Jules Bernard 1:23
  Rashawn Fredericks missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:25
Team Stats
Points 64 93
Field Goals 21-52 (40.4%) 33-63 (52.4%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 12-21 (57.1%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 25 38
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 19 27
Team 1 3
Assists 16 24
Steals 1 7
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 13 4
Fouls 19 17
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 1 REB
25 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo UCLA 7-4 313364
home team logo Cincinnati 10-2 484593
Team Stats
away team logo UCLA 7-4 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Cincinnati 10-2 71.7 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.4 APG
Key Players
13
K. Wilkes G 17.4 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.7 APG 43.3 FG%
34
J. Cumberland G 18.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 3.6 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Wilkes G 21 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
J. Cumberland G 25 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
40.4 FG% 52.4
34.6 3PT FG% 57.1
72.2 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 21 1 0 6/12 5/8 4/5 2 34 0 0 4 0 1
M. Brown 12 6 0 6/9 0/0 0/0 4 28 0 3 2 2 4
C. Riley 11 10 1 3/6 0/0 5/6 3 31 0 1 2 2 8
P. Ali 9 0 2 3/9 2/8 1/2 1 24 1 0 0 0 0
J. Hands 3 4 12 1/5 1/5 0/1 3 31 0 1 3 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Wilkes 21 1 0 6/12 5/8 4/5 2 34 0 0 4 0 1
M. Brown 12 6 0 6/9 0/0 0/0 4 28 0 3 2 2 4
C. Riley 11 10 1 3/6 0/0 5/6 3 31 0 1 2 2 8
P. Ali 9 0 2 3/9 2/8 1/2 1 24 1 0 0 0 0
J. Hands 3 4 12 1/5 1/5 0/1 3 31 0 1 3 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Singleton 5 0 0 1/3 1/3 2/2 1 14 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bernard 3 1 0 1/2 0/1 1/2 4 11 0 0 2 0 1
J. Hill 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 0 1 0
C. Smith 0 1 1 0/4 0/1 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 1
K. Nwuba 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Olesinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. O'Neal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Stong - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 24 16 21/52 9/26 13/18 19 200 1 5 13 5 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 25 5 2 9/17 4/5 3/4 3 27 2 0 2 3 2
K. Williams 19 3 4 8/13 3/4 0/1 3 25 0 0 0 0 3
N. Brooks 14 6 3 5/6 0/0 4/5 3 18 1 2 0 1 5
J. Jenifer 11 0 5 4/7 3/5 0/0 1 22 1 0 0 0 0
T. Scott 7 5 4 2/5 0/2 3/4 0 21 1 1 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 25 5 2 9/17 4/5 3/4 3 27 2 0 2 3 2
K. Williams 19 3 4 8/13 3/4 0/1 3 25 0 0 0 0 3
N. Brooks 14 6 3 5/6 0/0 4/5 3 18 1 2 0 1 5
J. Jenifer 11 0 5 4/7 3/5 0/0 1 22 1 0 0 0 0
T. Scott 7 5 4 2/5 0/2 3/4 0 21 1 1 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Johnson 7 1 0 1/1 0/0 5/6 1 7 0 0 1 0 1
T. Moore 3 3 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 2 19 2 0 0 0 3
R. Fredericks 3 4 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 20 0 0 0 1 3
C. Broome 2 2 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 1 0 2
E. Nsoseme 2 5 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 16 0 1 0 1 4
J. Koz 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Diarra 0 1 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
S. Martin 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
L. Hardnett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gillam Toyambi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 93 35 24 33/63 12/21 15/20 17 200 7 4 4 8 27