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UC opens AAC title defense with 93-61 romp over Tulane

CINCINNATI (AP) Ten days off did nothing to slow down Cincinnati. Tulane didn't handle its break as well.

Jarron Cumberland scored a game-high 22 points, Justin Jenifer added a career-high 18 and the Bearcats opened defense of their American Athletic Conference championship with a no-doubt 93-61 win over the Green Wave on Wednesday.

Cumberland credited tough practices with lots of running for helping the Bearcats shake off the rust of not having played since December 22.

''We practiced a lot of transition and did a lot of running to get our legs back,'' the junior guard said.

Cane Broome, in just his third start of the season, also reached double figures with 17 points and Rashawn Fredericks finished with 9 for Cincinnati (12-2 1-0), which has won three straight games after a 70-59 loss at then-No. 18 Mississippi State.

''It felt good,'' said the senior guard, making his first start since November 16. ''I felt really good in practice the past couple of days.''

''We were trying to get his confidence going,'' Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said, ''He had a great practice (Tuesday). He was unstoppable.''

The Bearcats went 16-2 while capturing the 2017-2018 AAC regular-season championship and went on to win the conference tournament title.

The final margin was Cincinnati's largest lead of the game.

''I thought our effort was better than it's been in terms of physicality than virtually every game this season,'' Tulane coach Mike Dunleavy said. ''I told our guys (Cincinnati's) effort is the next level. If you want to be a team that has a chance to go deep in the NCAA playoff, then you've got to beat them to the floor. You've got to beat them to the loose balls. Their physicality, their ability to work on the offensive glass, the way they push you out is great technique.''

Besides going 6-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers, the efficient Jenifer turned in a team-high five assists without committing a turnover. The senior guard went into the game with a nation's-best turnover-to-assist ratio, 8.8-to-1.

Jordan Cornish scored 19 points and Caleb Daniels added 16 to lead Tulane (4-9, 1-0), which is on a three-game losing streak and also hadn't played since December 22. The Green Wave finished 5-13 in AAC play last season.

Before a crowd of 10,689, Cincinnati took the lead for good at 8-5 on a Cumberland 3-pointer less than 90 seconds into the game. The Bearcats took control with a 15-1 run that left them leading, 32-15, with 10:51 left in the first half. Fredericks capped the surge with a pair of 3-point shots, one from each corner. Broome contributed five points to the run.

''We came out ready to play from the jump,'' Cronin said. ''Tulane hit some tough shots early, but we overcame that with great offensive execution. If you get 67 shots and 20 assists, it's tough to beat you. It was the unselfish play of our guards.''

''The big differences in the game was they made tough shots in the first half and we let them get the ball to the rim,'' said Dunleavy, who was whistled for a technical foul early in the second half. ''Their guards came down and pump-faked us. They had two or three layups in the paint. It really cost us. The score was 19-14 at one point, and then we let them get on that kind of a run.

The Bearcats tied their season low with just five turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

Tulane: The Green Wave has lost six straight to the Bearcats since a buzzer-beating 50-49 win at Cincinnati on Feb 14, 2015.

Cincinnati: The win was the 1,800th for the Cincinnati program, which went into the game ranked 14th nationally in all-time victories.

BREATHING ROOM

Cincinnati's 52 first-half points were the most allowed before halftime by Tulane this season. The previous high was 47.

YOU'RE EXCUSED

Tulane senior Blake Paul was whistled for a flagrant-two foul and ejected with 5:07 left before halftime after wrestling Eliel Nsoseme to the floor by the neck while the two were jockeying for position in the lane.

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

For the second consecutive season, Cincinnati and Tulane will meet just once in regular season.

UP NEXT

Tulane: The Green Wave is scheduled to play its conference home opener on Saturday against Southern Methodist .

Cincinnati: The Bearcats are scheduled to travel to East Carolina on Saturday for their first conference road game.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Cincinnati  
19:59 +2 Cane Broome made layup 0-2
19:22 +3 Shakwon Barrett made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Samir Sehic 3-2
19:04   Personal foul on Caleb Daniels  
19:01 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 3-5
18:40   Caleb Daniels missed jump shot  
18:38   Offensive rebound by Caleb Daniels  
18:40   Shooting foul on Nysier Brooks  
18:40 +1 Caleb Daniels made 1st of 2 free throws 4-5
18:40 +1 Caleb Daniels made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-5
18:35 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 5-8
18:14   Caleb Daniels missed driving layup  
18:12   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
18:12   Personal foul on Buay Koka  
18:02   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:00   Defensive rebound by Caleb Daniels  
17:46 +2 Buay Koka made layup, assist by Caleb Daniels 7-8
17:38 +2 Justin Jenifer made jump shot 7-10
17:35   Personal foul on Samir Sehic  
17:25   Eliel Nsoseme missed layup, blocked by Buay Koka  
17:23   Defensive rebound by Buay Koka  
17:23   Jumpball received by Tulane  
17:21   Turnover on Shakwon Barrett  
17:08 +2 Eliel Nsoseme made hook shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 7-12
16:48 +2 Jordan Cornish made driving layup 9-12
16:28 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 9-15
16:05   Samir Sehic missed jump shot  
16:03   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
15:55 +2 Cane Broome made driving layup 9-17
15:27 +2 Caleb Daniels made jump shot 11-17
15:12   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
15:10   Defensive rebound by Caleb Daniels  
15:03   Samir Sehic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:01   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
14:49   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
14:47   Defensive rebound by Samir Sehic  
14:40 +3 Shakwon Barrett made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Caleb Daniels 14-17
14:13 +2 Jarron Cumberland made turnaround jump shot 14-19
13:53   Jordan Cornish missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:51   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
13:44   Justin Jenifer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:42   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
13:32 +2 Cane Broome made driving layup 14-21
13:32   Shooting foul on Shakwon Barrett  
13:32 +1 Cane Broome made free throw 14-22
13:12   Kevin Zhang missed jump shot  
13:10   Offensive rebound by Samir Sehic  
13:03   Shakwon Barrett missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:01   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
12:51 +2 Cane Broome made jump shot 14-24
12:35   Samir Sehic missed floating jump shot  
12:33   Offensive rebound by Bul Ajang  
12:34   Shooting foul on Keith Williams  
12:33 +1 Bul Ajang made 1st of 2 free throws 15-24
12:33   Bul Ajang missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:33   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
12:33   Personal foul on Connor Crabtree  
12:24 +2 Jarron Cumberland made floating jump shot 15-26
11:55   Samir Sehic missed layup  
11:53   Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
11:43 +3 Rashawn Fredericks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cane Broome 15-29
11:24   Lost ball turnover on Shakwon Barrett, stolen by Keith Williams  
10:58 +3 Rashawn Fredericks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 15-32
10:17   Kevin Zhang missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:15   Defensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks  
9:51   Nysier Brooks missed layup  
9:49   Defensive rebound by Moses Wood  
9:33 +2 Buay Koka made layup, assist by Jordan Cornish 17-32
9:09 +3 Rashawn Fredericks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nysier Brooks 17-35
8:40   Kevin Zhang missed jump shot  
8:38   Offensive rebound by Bul Ajang  
8:35   Bul Ajang missed layup  
8:34   Defensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks  
8:31   Turnover on Keith Williams  
8:14 +3 Jordan Cornish made 3-pt. jump shot 20-35
8:03   Personal foul on Buay Koka  
7:48   Rashawn Fredericks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:46   Defensive rebound by Caleb Daniels  
7:38   Jordan Cornish missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Keith Williams  
7:36   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
7:28   Eliel Nsoseme missed hook shot  
7:26   Defensive rebound by Tulane  
7:10 +3 Caleb Daniels made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Cornish 23-35
6:44   Rashawn Fredericks missed jump shot  
6:42   Offensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
6:37   Jumpball received by Cincinnati  
6:37   Official timeout called  
6:37   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
6:35   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
6:32   Shooting foul on Samir Sehic  
6:32 +1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 23-36
6:32   Tre Scott missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Blake Paul  
6:07   Personal foul on Justin Jenifer  
6:03   Caleb Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:01   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
5:54 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 23-39
5:26   Jordan Cornish missed driving layup, blocked by Tre Scott  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
5:14   Tre Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:12   Offensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
5:09   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:07   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
5:07   Flagrant foul on Blake Paul  
5:07   Eliel Nsoseme missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:07 +1 Eliel Nsoseme made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-40
5:05   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot  
5:03   Offensive rebound by Cane Broome  
4:58 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cane Broome 23-43
4:26   Shot clock violation turnover on Tulane  
4:13 +2 Justin Jenifer made layup 23-45
3:54   Caleb Daniels missed floating jump shot  
3:52   Offensive rebound by Tulane  
3:48   Caleb Daniels missed turnaround jump shot  
3:46   Offensive rebound by Tulane  
3:46   Personal foul on Tre Scott  
3:37   Shakwon Barrett missed floating jump shot  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
3:29 +2 Tre Scott made dunk, assist by Justin Jenifer 23-47
2:59   Kevin Zhang missed jump shot  
2:57   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
2:41   Nysier Brooks missed layup  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Bul Ajang  
2:31   Caleb Daniels missed jump shot, blocked by Nysier Brooks  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
2:22   Cane Broome missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:20   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
2:10   Offensive foul on Nysier Brooks  
2:10   Turnover on Nysier Brooks  
1:49   Caleb Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:47   Offensive rebound by Bul Ajang  
1:39   Shakwon Barrett missed jump shot  
1:37   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
1:32 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cane Broome 23-50
1:09 +2 Bul Ajang made jump shot, assist by Connor Crabtree 25-50
58.0   Bad pass turnover on Cane Broome, stolen by Connor Crabtree  
56.0   Personal foul on Jarron Cumberland  
49.0 +3 Caleb Daniels made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Connor Crabtree 28-50
41.0   Shooting foul on Bul Ajang  
41.0 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 1st of 2 free throws 28-51
41.0 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-52
18.0   Moses Wood missed jump shot, blocked by Keith Williams  
16.0   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
6.0   Keith Williams missed layup, blocked by Moses Wood  
4.0   Defensive rebound by Tulane  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:45 +2 Caleb Daniels made alley-oop shot, assist by Jordan Cornish 30-52
19:29   Offensive foul on Nysier Brooks  
19:29   Turnover on Nysier Brooks  
19:10   Caleb Daniels missed jump shot  
19:08   Offensive rebound by Samir Sehic  
19:06   Samir Sehic missed jump shot, blocked by Jarron Cumberland  
19:00   Offensive rebound by Caleb Daniels  
19:00 +2 Caleb Daniels made layup 32-52
18:39   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot  
18:37   Offensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
18:31   Eliel Nsoseme missed layup  
18:29   Defensive rebound by Samir Sehic  
18:28   Personal foul on Eliel Nsoseme  
18:19 +2 Samir Sehic made hook shot, assist by Jordan Cornish 34-52
18:16   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Tulane  
18:16 +1 Justin Jenifer made 1st of 2 free throws 34-53
18:16 +1 Justin Jenifer made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-54
18:04   Shooting foul on Samir Sehic  
18:04   Eliel Nsoseme missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:51 +3 Jordan Cornish made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shakwon Barrett 37-54
18:04 +1 Eliel Nsoseme made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-55
17:51 +3 Jordan Cornish made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shakwon Barrett 37-55
17:32   Shooting foul on Caleb Daniels  
17:32   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Caleb Daniels  
17:32 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 1st of 2 free throws 37-56
17:32 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-57
17:32   Jarron Cumberland missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:14   Buay Koka missed turnaround jump shot  
17:32 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-58
17:14   Buay Koka missed turnaround jump shot  
17:12   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
17:07 +2 Tre Scott made alley-oop shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 37-60
16:48   Personal foul on Jarron Cumberland  
16:46 +3 Jordan Cornish made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shakwon Barrett 40-60
16:33   Tre Scott missed turnaround jump shot  
16:31   Offensive rebound by Cane Broome  
16:25 +2 Cane Broome made dunk 40-62
16:11   Personal foul on Cane Broome  
16:10   Jordan Cornish missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:08   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
15:58   Shooting foul on Buay Koka  
15:58 +1 Cane Broome made 1st of 2 free throws 40-63
15:58 +1 Cane Broome made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-64
15:40   Bad pass turnover on Shakwon Barrett, stolen by Tre Scott  
15:34   Shooting foul on Moses Wood  
15:34 +1 Cane Broome made 1st of 2 free throws 40-65
15:34 +1 Cane Broome made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-66
15:08 +2 Samir Sehic made layup, assist by Moses Wood 42-66
14:56   Tre Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:54   Offensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
14:49   Eliel Nsoseme missed layup  
14:47   Defensive rebound by Jordan Cornish  
14:43 +2 Jordan Cornish made driving layup 44-66
14:43   Shooting foul on Justin Jenifer  
14:43 +1 Jordan Cornish made free throw 45-66
14:20   Bad pass turnover on Logan Johnson, stolen by Samir Sehic  
14:03   Out of bounds turnover on Jordan Cornish  
13:53   Keith Williams missed turnaround jump shot  
13:51   Defensive rebound by Tulane  
13:50   Personal foul on Nysier Brooks  
13:41   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Cornish  
13:22   Personal foul on Moses Wood  
13:22 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 1st of 2 free throws 45-67
13:22 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-68
13:03   Moses Wood missed hook shot  
13:01   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
12:52 +2 Keith Williams made jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 45-70
12:26   Personal foul on Eliel Nsoseme  
12:26 +1 Moses Wood made 1st of 2 free throws 46-70
12:26 +1 Moses Wood made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-70
12:26   Personal foul on Rashawn Fredericks  
12:26   Kevin Zhang missed free throw  
12:26   Defensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks  
12:11   Shooting foul on Buay Koka  
12:11 +1 Keith Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 47-71
12:11 +1 Keith Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-72
12:02 +3 Connor Crabtree made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Cornish 50-72
11:34 +2 Mamoudou Diarra made jump shot, assist by Keith Williams 50-74
11:07 +3 Jordan Cornish made 3-pt. jump shot 53-74
10:51   Rashawn Fredericks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Moses Wood  
10:41   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Cornish  
10:23 +2 Tre Scott made layup 53-76
9:49   Caleb Daniels missed layup, blocked by Mamoudou Diarra  
9:47   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
9:33 +2 Jarron Cumberland made jump shot 53-78
9:20   Caleb Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
9:04   Keith Williams missed layup  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Buay Koka  
8:45   Moses Wood missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:43   Offensive rebound by Buay Koka  
8:38   Lost ball turnover on Buay Koka, stolen by Keith Williams  
8:21   Keith Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:19   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
8:11 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tre Scott 53-81
8:01   Bad pass turnover on Shakwon Barrett  
7:44   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
7:42   Offensive rebound by Mamoudou Diarra  
7:40   Jumpball received by Cincinnati  
7:36 +2 Keith Williams made layup, assist by Mamoudou Diarra 53-83
7:07   Caleb Daniels missed layup, blocked by Keith Williams  
7:05   Defensive rebound by Mamoudou Diarra  
6:57 +2 Keith Williams made dunk, assist by Jarron Cumberland 53-85
6:43   Personal foul on Tre Scott  
6:43 +1 Shakwon Barrett made 1st of 2 free throws 54-85
6:43 +1 Shakwon Barrett made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-85
6:23   Mamoudou Diarra missed jump shot  
6:21   Offensive rebound by Logan Johnson  
6:14   Logan Johnson missed layup, blocked by Buay Koka