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Cumberland has career-high 34 as Cincinnati beats USF 82-74

CINCINNATI (AP) Coach Mick Cronin watched the last 18 minutes of the game from Cincinnati's locker room, hoping his first career ejection didn't result in a loss. Jarron Cumberland made sure it didn't happen.

The junior scored a career-high 34 points and hit the biggest shots after Cronin was kicked out Tuesday night as Cincinnati blew a 14-point lead before rallying to an 82-74 victory over South Florida on Tuesday night.

''It was the first time I've ever seen that,'' Cumberland said of the coach's ejection. ''We were just trying to calm him down. He didn't really say nothing crazy.''

The Bearcats (15-3, 4-1 American Athletic) got their third win in six days. The last two came in overtime , and this one unfolded with their coach gone from the sideline.

Cronin got a technical from official Lee Cassell for raising his arms and challenging a foul called on Nysier Brooks. Cronin became enraged and had to be restrained by Brooks, drawing another technical from official Mark Schnur, resulting in his ejection.

''When I showed I was upset for that (first technical), his tough-guy buddy threw me out,'' Cronin said. ''What they did was almost penalize a group of kids, and they should be suspended.''

Cincinnati has won 10 straight games against the Bulls (12-5, 2-3), who suffered their most lopsided loss of the season. South Florida's five losses have come by a total of 19 points. The Bulls were coming off an 82-80 overtime loss at Temple .

''We fought, we scrapped, we clawed, and we were just not quite good enough,'' USF coach Brian Gregory said. ''We've just got to keep getting better. We've got pretty good markers to look at the last couple of games on the road.''

LaQuincy Rideau scored 15 of his 26 points before fouling out in the second half, when South Florida managed to tie the score twice but couldn't pull ahead.

Cumberland hit the big shots to blunt the comeback and finished 9 of 20 from the field and 14 of 16 from the free-throw line. After South Florida tied it for the last time 65-65, Cumberland had a jumper, three free throws and an assist during a 7-2 spurt that put the Bearcats ahead to stay.

During pregame warmups, Cumberland made his final shot, swishing one from the left corner. He hardly missed when it mattered.

''I was just in a rhythm,'' he said. ''I was just feeling it.''

BIG PICTURE

South Florida: The Bulls are among the best in the country at getting steals, but their carelessness with the ball doomed them. They had 15 turnovers in the first half and 21 overall, setting up 30 of Cincinnati's points.

Cincinnati: After back-to-back overtime wins, the Bearcats sweated out another one but came through the tough six-day stretch unbeaten behind Cumberland's big game. The junior scored 19 in the first half.

SERIES STUFF

Cincinnati is 33-8 overall in the series, including 19-1 in Cincinnati and 15-0 at Fifth Third Arena. South Florida's last win in the series was 46-45 on Feb. 26, 2012 in Tampa. The Bulls' only win in Cincinnati was 76-73 on Feb. 29, 1988 at the Cincinnati Gardens.

1K AND COUNTING

Cumberland became the 53rd Cincinnati player to reach 1,000 points career.

''It means a lot,'' he said. ''I'm proud of myself. It was a lot of work, and still more to come. I want more than that.''

OUCH

South Florida's Michael Durr appeared to twist his right ankle while getting a rebound with 2:20 left in the first and needed help getting to the bench. He returned for the start of the second half and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

BOARD MASTERS

The Bulls had a 27-23 edge on the boards, the third straight game Cincinnati has been outrebounded.

UP NEXT

South Florida hosts Houston on Saturday.

Cincinnati plays at Wichita State on Saturday.

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Key Players
L. Rideau
J. Cumberland
29.6 Min. Per Game 29.6
16.9 Pts. Per Game 16.9
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
45.4 Field Goal % 43.0
33.8 Three Point % 42.9
53.2 Free Throw % 82.4
+ 2 David Collins made layup 5.0
+ 1 Tre Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Justin Brown 11.0
  Defensive rebound by Tre Scott 38.0
  Justin Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot 40.0
+ 1 Nysier Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 45.0
  Justin Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot 40.0
  Nysier Brooks missed 1st of 2 free throws 45.0
  Personal foul on Alexis Yetna 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks 45.0
Team Stats
Points 74 82
Field Goals 23-49 (46.9%) 23-51 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 6-18 (33.3%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 22-26 (84.6%) 29-32 (90.6%)
Total Rebounds 27 23
Offensive 9 7
Defensive 12 14
Team 6 2
Assists 13 14
Steals 4 12
Blocks 2 9
Turnovers 20 10
Fouls 26 21
Technicals 0 2
26 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
34 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo South Florida 12-5 314374
home team logo Cincinnati 15-3 433982
Team Stats
away team logo South Florida 12-5 72.5 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.7 APG
home team logo Cincinnati 15-3 71.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
3
L. Rideau G 12.8 PPG 3.7 RPG 5.5 APG 39.6 FG%
34
J. Cumberland G 18.8 PPG 4.4 RPG 3.6 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Rideau G 26 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
J. Cumberland G 34 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
46.9 FG% 45.1
33.3 3PT FG% 38.9
84.6 FT% 90.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Rideau 26 3 4 9/17 2/5 6/6 5 34 2 0 3 1 2
A. Yetna 12 4 1 3/8 0/2 6/6 4 38 0 0 5 2 2
D. Collins 10 0 4 3/8 1/2 3/4 4 23 1 0 4 0 0
M. Durr 10 9 0 2/2 0/0 6/8 2 30 0 2 1 1 8
J. Brown 8 1 1 3/6 2/5 0/0 5 25 0 0 2 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Rideau 26 3 4 9/17 2/5 6/6 5 34 2 0 3 1 2
A. Yetna 12 4 1 3/8 0/2 6/6 4 38 0 0 5 2 2
D. Collins 10 0 4 3/8 1/2 3/4 4 23 1 0 4 0 0
M. Durr 10 9 0 2/2 0/0 6/8 2 30 0 2 1 1 8
J. Brown 8 1 1 3/6 2/5 0/0 5 25 0 0 2 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Lang 3 1 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 1 0
X. Castaneda 3 1 2 1/5 0/2 1/2 1 23 1 0 1 1 0
M. Kiir 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 7 0 0 3 1 0
A. Maricevic 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 1 0
N. Scekic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dawson III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Lubin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Akec - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Calleja - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 21 13 23/49 6/18 22/26 26 200 4 2 20 9 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 34 2 3 9/20 2/7 14/16 2 39 4 0 4 0 2
T. Scott 12 4 0 4/5 0/0 4/4 3 31 2 1 0 1 3
K. Williams 11 2 0 4/7 2/2 1/1 3 29 1 2 1 2 0
J. Jenifer 10 2 2 2/8 2/5 4/4 3 25 2 0 2 0 2
N. Brooks 10 6 1 2/3 0/0 6/7 4 20 0 2 1 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 34 2 3 9/20 2/7 14/16 2 39 4 0 4 0 2
T. Scott 12 4 0 4/5 0/0 4/4 3 31 2 1 0 1 3
K. Williams 11 2 0 4/7 2/2 1/1 3 29 1 2 1 2 0
J. Jenifer 10 2 2 2/8 2/5 4/4 3 25 2 0 2 0 2
N. Brooks 10 6 1 2/3 0/0 6/7 4 20 0 2 1 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Broome 3 1 5 1/4 1/2 0/0 2 17 0 0 1 0 1
E. Nsoseme 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 16 2 4 0 1 1
M. Diarra 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Moore 0 2 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 1 1
L. Johnson 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0
R. Fredericks 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
J. Koz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Hardnett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gillam Toyambi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 21 14 23/51 7/18 29/32 21 200 12 9 10 7 14