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Cincinnati rallies to beat UConn 74-72 in OT

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bearcats rallied to get an overtime win for the second time in three days, a feat so rare that they hadn't done it in 52 years. And none of them was happy about it.

Jarron Cumberland scored 22 points, and Justin Jenifer hit a pivotal 3-pointer in overtime Saturday night as Cincinnati blew an 11-point lead in regulation before rallying to a 74-72 victory , the Bearcats' sixth in a row over UConn.

The Bearcats also went overtime for a 70-65 win at Tulsa on Thursday night. Cincinnati (14-3, 3-1 American Athletic) hadn't won back-to-back overtime games since the 1966-67 season.

Not that they considered it a bragging matter.

''It was an ugly win,'' said Nysier Brooks, who had 17 points.

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin pointed out numerous bad decisions in the closing minutes that allowed UConn (10-7, 1-3) to send it overtime. UConn outrebounded Cincinnati 38-30, another sore point.

''We don't want to compete,'' Cronin said. ''We want to flash our Cincinnati badge and think teams are going to run the other way. Nobody's running anywhere.''

The Bearcats got ahead by double digits in regulation and went more than 7 minutes without a field goal as the Huskies sent it to overtime on Alterique Gilbert's floater in the lane just before the buzzer.

In overtime, Cumberland was fouled while shooting a 3 and made all the free throws, and he passed to Jenifer for an open 3 with 1:19 left in overtime that put the Bearcats in control 70-65. UConn had a chance for a final shot, but Christian Vital was called for a charge against Jenifer with 1.5 seconds left.

''Just the type of grit that you love to see, especially in year one where you're trying to build here,'' first-year UConn coach Dan Hurley said. ''That first layer of the foundation is that unwillingness to give in, to stay in the game against obviously the best team in the league, the bully of the conference.''

The Bearcats won it from the free-throw line. They managed only three field goals in the last 14:47 including overtime, getting 18 points off free throws. They went 25 of 38 from the line while UConn was 13 of 16.

Gilbert led UConn with 18 points, and Vital added 16.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies were coming off a 76-64 home win over Southern Methodist on Thursday that ended a three-game losing streak. Their fouls prevented them from getting a significant road win. They repeatedly fouled late in the shot clock, helping the cold-shooting Bearcats escape.

''It was a physical game, and they were really tough on defense,'' said Cumberland, who went 11 of 12 from the line. ''They're fighting over screens and everything to deny you the ball.''

Cincinnati: The Bearcats weren't happy with how they played in the back-to-back overtime wins that kept the defending AAC champions near the top of the league.

''Lack of discipline, get outrebounded by eight in your gym, don't play smart, you're not the more physical team - it's embarrassing,'' Cronin said.

SERIES STUFF

The Bearcats lead the series 14-13. They've won eight of the last nine in the series. UConn's last win was 104-97 in four overtimes in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament on March 22, 2016.

GOING OT

The last time Cincinnati won back-to-back overtime games was 77-70 at Wisconsin on Dec. 3, 1966, and 45-44 at home against Miami of Ohio on Dec. 10.

BEYOND THE ARC

The Bearcats came in ninth nationally in defense, allowing 59.6 points per game. Their biggest weakness has been perimeter defense. They're second-to-last in the American Athletic Conference, allowing opponents to make 35.7 percent. The Huskies made their first three 3-point shots and finished 11 of 27.

FLEX TIME

Cumberland flexed after he scored and was fouled in the first half, giving the Bearcats their first lead of the game.

FAMILIAR FACE

Former Bearcats football and basketball player Connor Barwin sat courtside and was introduced during a timeout.

UP NEXT

UConn plays at Tulsa on Wednesday.

Cincinnati hosts South Florida on Tuesday, its third game in six days.

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Key Players
J. Adams
J. Cumberland
28.9 Min. Per Game 28.9
16.6 Pts. Per Game 16.6
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
50.9 Field Goal % 42.9
36.2 Three Point % 44.0
84.3 Free Throw % 81.3
  Turnover on Cane Broome 0.0
  Turnover on Christian Vital 1.0
  Offensive foul on Christian Vital 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Christian Vital 7.0
  Justin Jenifer missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
  Justin Jenifer missed 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Christian Vital 7.0
+ 1 Alterique Gilbert made free throw 11.0
  Shooting foul on Tre Scott 11.0
+ 2 Alterique Gilbert made driving layup 11.0
+ 1 Cane Broome made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
Team Stats
Points 72 74
Field Goals 24-58 (41.4%) 22-52 (42.3%)
3-Pointers 11-27 (40.7%) 5-17 (29.4%)
Free Throws 13-16 (81.3%) 25-38 (65.8%)
Total Rebounds 38 30
Offensive 10 5
Defensive 27 22
Team 1 3
Assists 11 15
Steals 4 8
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 15 9
Fouls 29 17
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
12OTT
away team logo Connecticut 10-7 32301072
home team logo Cincinnati 14-3 33291274
Team Stats
away team logo Connecticut 10-7 76.6 PPG 41.1 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Cincinnati 14-3 74.0 PPG 38.7 RPG 14.2 APG
Key Players
3
A. Gilbert G 13.0 PPG 3.0 RPG 3.8 APG 40.2 FG%
34
J. Cumberland G 19.3 PPG 4.2 RPG 3.5 APG 42.1 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Gilbert G 18 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
J. Cumberland G 22 PTS 6 REB 7 AST
41.4 FG% 42.3
40.7 3PT FG% 29.4
81.3 FT% 65.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Gilbert 18 6 3 5/15 2/8 6/7 3 39 1 0 3 3 3
J. Adams 16 5 6 5/11 3/6 3/3 5 31 1 0 4 0 5
C. Vital 16 10 2 6/15 4/8 0/0 4 39 1 0 2 0 10
J. Carlton 10 9 0 4/5 0/0 2/2 4 36 0 2 1 4 5
T. Polley 5 1 0 1/4 1/4 2/4 3 24 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Gilbert 18 6 3 5/15 2/8 6/7 3 39 1 0 3 3 3
J. Adams 16 5 6 5/11 3/6 3/3 5 31 1 0 4 0 5
C. Vital 16 10 2 6/15 4/8 0/0 4 39 1 0 2 0 10
J. Carlton 10 9 0 4/5 0/0 2/2 4 36 0 2 1 4 5
T. Polley 5 1 0 1/4 1/4 2/4 3 24 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Smith 7 4 0 3/7 1/1 0/0 2 26 0 0 3 2 2
E. Cobb 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 6 1 0 1 0 0
I. Whaley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
S. Wilson 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 1 1 1 1
K. Yakwe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Diarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Aiyegbusi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brocke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 37 11 24/58 11/27 13/16 29 225 4 4 15 10 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 22 6 7 5/14 1/4 11/12 2 42 2 0 2 1 5
N. Brooks 17 6 1 6/8 0/0 5/8 2 33 0 2 0 3 3
J. Jenifer 13 4 0 3/9 3/7 4/8 1 34 1 0 2 0 4
K. Williams 12 2 1 5/7 1/2 1/2 4 32 2 1 0 1 1
T. Scott 2 1 3 1/7 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 22 6 7 5/14 1/4 11/12 2 42 2 0 2 1 5
N. Brooks 17 6 1 6/8 0/0 5/8 2 33 0 2 0 3 3
J. Jenifer 13 4 0 3/9 3/7 4/8 1 34 1 0 2 0 4
K. Williams 12 2 1 5/7 1/2 1/2 4 32 2 1 0 1 1
T. Scott 2 1 3 1/7 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Broome 8 5 2 2/4 0/2 4/8 2 22 2 0 1 0 5
T. Moore 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
E. Nsoseme 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 1 0 2
L. Johnson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 1 0 1
R. Fredericks 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 6 1 0 1 0 0
J. Koz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Diarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Hardnett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gillam Toyambi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 27 15 22/52 5/17 25/38 17 225 8 3 9 5 22