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Jenifer's late shots rally Cincinnati over UCF 60-55

CINCINNATI (AP) Justin Jenifer knew the shot clock was down to a few seconds. He saw a small opening to the basket and knew that UCF's shot-blocking center would close it in a hurry.

He took the risk and made the shot that changed the game. Jenifer's layup barely eluded 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall's outstretched hand and put Cincinnati ahead to stay Thursday night.

He added a 3-pointer with 19.9 seconds left, rallying the Bearcats to a 60-55 victory in a matchup of two of the American Athletic's top defensive teams.

The senior point guard snatched the late momentum by lofting the ball high off the backboard for a 50-48 lead with 3:12 to go. If Fall managed to deflect the ball, it would have been a shot clock violation and a turnover.

''I'm lucky I got it off the glass,'' Jenifer said. ''I took a leap of faith when I shot it.''

The Bearcats (22-4, 11-2) overcame an eight-point deficit behind its senior point guard, who finished with 12 points. He closed it out with a pair of free throws with 12.9 seconds to go. It was the sixth time this season that Cincinnati has overcome a deficit of at least eight points to win a game.

''They've been in those moments a few more times than we have, and they made the plays down the stretch,'' UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said. ''They showed why they've been one of the best teams in our conference.''

Jarron Cumberland, who leads the AAC in scoring and had 27 points in each of the last two games, was limited to 11 points . He missed all of his six shots from the field in the second half, when he was limited to a pair of free throws.

Aubrey Dawkins scored 18 for UCF (19-6, 9-4), which had won its last three games and had another one within grasp, only to let it slip away . The Knights had been 9-0 this season when allowing 63 points or less.

''Now you see why they were picked to win our league,'' Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. ''That being said, our kids refused to give up. There were a lot of times we could have packed it in.''

Cincinnati led 26-18 at halftime, taking advantage of UCF's worst opening half of the season. The Knights had 15 turnovers - one shy of their season high for an entire game - that set up half of the Bearcats' points.

UCF opened the second half with an 18-2 run for a 46-38 lead as Cincinnati missed seven of eight shots and had four turnovers. The Bearcats tied it 46-46 on Keith Williams' put-back and free throw, and Jenifer's layup put them ahead to stay.

BIG PICTURE

UCF: The Knights were picked to win the league in the coaches' preseason poll. They could have moved into a second-place tie with the Bearcats, trailing Houston. Instead, they're trying to catch two teams down the stretch for the league title.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats remain on the verge of returning to the Top 25. They were the first team out this week.

SERIES STUFF

Cincinnati leads the series 11-1. UCF's only win was 53-49 on Feb. 26, 2017 in Orlando.

AND COUNTING

Fall won the opening tip, leaving him 25 for 25 this season. UCF has won 29 straight tip-offs since last season.

WILLIAMS HURT

Williams landed awkwardly and was helped off the court with 16:11 left in the first half. He returned 4 minutes later and finished with 12 points.

TEED UP

Dawkins got a technical foul late in the first half for something he said to an official.

TOUGH AAC HOME

The Bearcats are 33-2 in home AAC games over the last four seasons, with the only losses to Temple 77-70 on Dec. 29, 2015 and 75-72 to Wichita State last season.

UP NEXT

UCF hosts SMU on Sunday. The Knights won at SMU 71-65 on Feb. 10.

Cincinnati plays at UConn on Sunday. The Bearcats beat the Huskies 74-72 in overtime on Jan. 12.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by UCF  
19:34   Lost ball turnover on Collin Smith, stolen by Tre Scott  
19:04   Lost ball turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by BJ Taylor  
18:47   Terrell Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:45   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
18:37 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tre Scott 0-3
18:10 +3 BJ Taylor made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tacko Fall 3-3
17:56   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
17:54   Defensive rebound by Collin Smith  
17:49 +3 Aubrey Dawkins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by BJ Taylor 6-3
17:38   Tre Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:36   Defensive rebound by Terrell Allen  
17:11   Traveling violation turnover on Tacko Fall  
16:49   Lost ball turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by Terrell Allen  
16:42   Aubrey Dawkins missed layup, blocked by Jarron Cumberland  
16:40   Offensive rebound by UCF  
16:36 +2 Tacko Fall made layup, assist by BJ Taylor 8-3
16:20   Keith Williams missed layup, blocked by Tacko Fall  
16:18   Defensive rebound by Collin Smith  
16:13 +3 BJ Taylor made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aubrey Dawkins 11-3
15:44 +2 Nysier Brooks made layup, assist by Jarron Cumberland 11-5
15:22   Collin Smith missed driving layup  
15:20   Defensive rebound by Trevor Moore  
15:10   Jarron Cumberland missed floating jump shot  
15:08   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
15:00 +2 Cane Broome made jump shot, assist by Tre Scott 11-7
14:37   BJ Taylor missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:35   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
14:29   Bad pass turnover on Trevor Moore, stolen by Aubrey Dawkins  
14:22   Out of bounds turnover on BJ Taylor  
13:57   Bad pass turnover on Cane Broome  
13:36   Backcourt turnover on Chad Brown  
13:30   Jarron Cumberland missed floating jump shot  
13:28   Offensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
13:22 +3 Cane Broome made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 11-10
13:02   Out of bounds turnover on BJ Taylor  
12:46   Tre Scott missed layup, blocked by Tacko Fall  
12:44   Defensive rebound by Dayon Griffin  
12:38   Chad Brown missed jump shot  
12:36   Offensive rebound by UCF  
12:16   Out of bounds turnover on Tacko Fall  
11:50   Traveling violation turnover on Cane Broome  
11:22   Ceasar DeJesus missed jump shot  
11:20   Offensive rebound by Chad Brown  
11:12   Traveling violation turnover on Ceasar DeJesus  
10:51 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cane Broome 11-13
10:15   Shot clock violation turnover on UCF  
10:02   Out of bounds turnover on Keith Williams  
9:45   Personal foul on Keith Williams  
9:29   BJ Taylor missed jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
9:22   Offensive foul on Tre Scott  
9:22   Turnover on Tre Scott  
8:53   Backcourt turnover on Terrell Allen  
8:38   Justin Jenifer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:36   Defensive rebound by Collin Smith  
8:24   Bad pass turnover on Terrell Allen, stolen by Nysier Brooks  
8:17 +3 Keith Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 11-16
7:56   Offensive foul on Tacko Fall  
7:56   Turnover on Tacko Fall  
7:44   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot, blocked by Tacko Fall  
7:42   Defensive rebound by Tacko Fall  
7:24   Traveling violation turnover on Aubrey Dawkins  
7:05   Rashawn Fredericks missed jump shot  
7:03   Defensive rebound by Aubrey Dawkins  
6:56 +2 Terrell Allen made jump shot 13-16
6:39   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
6:37   Personal foul on Terrell Allen  
6:29   Traveling violation turnover on Nysier Brooks  
6:00   Aubrey Dawkins missed jump shot  
5:58   Offensive rebound by Tacko Fall  
5:54 +2 Tacko Fall made tip-in 15-16
5:40   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
5:39   Defensive rebound by Terrell Allen  
5:39   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on UCF  
5:39 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 1st of 2 free throws 15-17
5:39 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-18
5:25   Traveling violation turnover on Collin Smith  
5:13   Jarron Cumberland missed floating jump shot  
5:11   Defensive rebound by BJ Taylor  
5:03   Personal foul on Justin Jenifer  
4:58   Shooting foul on Jarron Cumberland  
4:58   Tacko Fall missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:58 +1 Tacko Fall made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-18
4:36   Keith Williams missed floating jump shot  
4:32   Defensive rebound by UCF  
4:13   Bad pass turnover on Collin Smith, stolen by Jarron Cumberland  
4:09 +2 Jarron Cumberland made driving dunk 16-20
3:41   Aubrey Dawkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:39   Personal foul on Eliel Nsoseme  
3:28   BJ Taylor missed floating jump shot  
3:26   Defensive rebound by Trevor Moore  
3:14 +2 Jarron Cumberland made floating jump shot 16-22
2:45   BJ Taylor missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
2:23   Cane Broome missed jump shot  
2:20   Defensive rebound by UCF  
2:01   Bad pass turnover on Dayon Griffin  
1:32 +2 Tre Scott made fade-away jump shot, assist by Keith Williams 16-24
1:07   Dayon Griffin missed jump shot, blocked by Tre Scott  
1:05   Offensive rebound by UCF  
59.0   Terrell Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
57.0   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
48.0   Offensive foul on Nysier Brooks  
48.0   Turnover on Nysier Brooks  
34.0 +2 BJ Taylor made jump shot 18-24
3.0 +2 Tre Scott made turnaround jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 18-26
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:45   Jarron Cumberland missed floating jump shot  
19:43   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
19:24   Bad pass turnover on Tre Scott  
19:16 +2 Collin Smith made driving dunk, assist by BJ Taylor 20-26
18:43   Justin Jenifer missed fade-away jump shot  
18:32   Shot clock violation turnover on Cincinnati  
18:23 +3 Aubrey Dawkins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 23-26
18:09   Trevor Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:07   Offensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
18:07   Personal foul on Collin Smith  
18:01   Cane Broome missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:59   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
17:52   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
17:50   Defensive rebound by Aubrey Dawkins  
17:25   Jumpball received by UCF  
17:18 +2 Aubrey Dawkins made jump shot 25-26
17:05   Jarron Cumberland missed running Jump Shot  
17:03   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
16:52   Nysier Brooks missed jump shot  
16:50   Defensive rebound by Aubrey Dawkins  
16:42 +3 Terrell Allen made 3-pt. jump shot 28-26
16:20   Out of bounds turnover on Jarron Cumberland  
16:03 +2 Tacko Fall made driving layup 30-26
16:03   Shooting foul on Nysier Brooks  
16:03   Tacko Fall missed free throw  
16:03   Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
15:52 +2 Nysier Brooks made driving dunk, assist by Jarron Cumberland 30-28
15:21 +2 Collin Smith made fade-away jump shot 32-28
15:21   Shooting foul on Jarron Cumberland  
15:21 +1 Collin Smith made free throw 33-28
15:09   Bad pass turnover on Trevor Moore, stolen by Terrell Allen  
14:52 +3 Aubrey Dawkins made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 36-28
14:33   Tre Scott missed driving layup, blocked by Tacko Fall  
14:32   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
14:32   Personal foul on Tacko Fall  
14:32 +1 Nysier Brooks made 1st of 2 free throws 36-29
14:32 +1 Nysier Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-30
14:02   BJ Taylor missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:00   Offensive rebound by Collin Smith  
13:54   BJ Taylor missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:52   Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
13:46 +2 Cane Broome made jump shot 36-32
13:15 +2 Aubrey Dawkins made fade-away jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 38-32
12:55   Out of bounds turnover on Jarron Cumberland  
12:42 +2 Chad Brown made alley-oop shot, assist by Terrell Allen 40-32
12:42   Shooting foul on Trevor Moore  
12:42   Chad Brown missed free throw  
12:42   Defensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks  
12:16   Personal foul on Chad Brown  
12:13   Keith Williams missed layup  
12:13   Personal foul on Rashawn Fredericks  
11:56   Offensive foul on Chad Brown  
11:56   Turnover on Chad Brown  
11:46 +2 Cane Broome made jump shot 40-34
11:19   Aubrey Dawkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
11:06 +2 Keith Williams made driving layup, assist by Jarron Cumberland 40-36
10:40   BJ Taylor missed floating jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Cane Broome  
10:21 +2 Keith Williams made driving layup 40-38
9:51   BJ Taylor missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:49   Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
9:23   Cane Broome missed fade-away jump shot  
9:21   Defensive rebound by BJ Taylor  
9:19   Personal foul on Nysier Brooks  
8:56 +3 Frank Bertz made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dayon Griffin 43-38
8:28 +2 Justin Jenifer made running Jump Shot 43-40
7:59 +3 Frank Bertz made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrell Allen 46-40
7:38   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot  
7:36   Defensive rebound by Tacko Fall  
7:23   Aubrey Dawkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
7:01   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot, blocked by Tacko Fall  
6:59   Offensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
6:57   Jarron Cumberland missed floating jump shot  
6:57   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
6:35   Jarron Cumberland missed running Jump Shot  
6:33   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
6:22 +3 Keith Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 46-43
5:54   Personal foul on Nysier Brooks  
5:46   Aubrey Dawkins missed driving layup, blocked by Jarron Cumberland  
5:44   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
5:44   Personal foul on Collin Smith  
5:26   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
5:24   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
5:23 +2 Nysier Brooks made dunk 46-45
5:23   Flagrant foul on Tacko Fall  
5:23   Nysier Brooks missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:23 +1 Nysier Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-46
5:15   Keith Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:13   Defensive rebound by Tacko Fall  
4:30 +2 Aubrey Dawkins made jump shot 48-46
4:13   Personal foul on Terrell Allen  
4:13 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 1st of 2 free throws 48-47
4:13 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-48
3:42   Shot clock violation turnover on UCF  
3:10 +2 Justin Jenifer made floating jump shot 48-50
2:38   Collin Smith missed fade-away jump shot  
2:36   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
2:10 +3 Tre Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 48-53
1:39   Shooting foul on Eliel Nsoseme  
1:39 +1 BJ Taylor made 1st of 2 free throws 49-53
1:39 +1 BJ Taylor made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-53
1:16   Justin Jenifer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:14   Defensive rebound by Terrell Allen  
58.0   BJ Taylor missed 3-pt. jump shot  
56.0   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
26.0 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 50-56
15.0 +3 Aubrey Dawkins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by BJ Taylor 53-56
13.0   Personal foul on Terrell Allen  
13.0 +1 Justin Jenifer made 1st of 2 free throws 53-57
13.0 +1 Justin Jenifer made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-58
6.0 +2 BJ Taylor made driving layup 55-58
6.0   Personal foul on Aubrey Dawkins  
6.0 +1 Keith Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 55-59
6.0 +1 Keith Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-60
4.0   Terrell Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0.0   End of period  
Key Players
B. Taylor
1 G
J. Cumberland
34 G
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
19.3 Pts. Per Game 19.3
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
40.1 Field Goal % 41.4
37.3 Three Point % 43.9
77.9 Free Throw % 78.0
  Terrell Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
+ 1 Keith Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 Keith Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Aubrey Dawkins 6.0
+ 2 BJ Taylor made driving layup 6.0
+ 1 Justin Jenifer made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Justin Jenifer made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Terrell Allen 13.0
+ 3 Aubrey Dawkins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by BJ Taylor 15.0
+ 3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Cincinnati 56.0
Team Stats
Points 55 60
Field Goals 21-45 (46.7%) 21-52 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 9-20 (45.0%) 7-14 (50.0%)
Free Throws 4-7 (57.1%) 11-12 (91.7%)
Total Rebounds 24 28
Offensive 4 10
Defensive 15 15
Team 5 3
Assists 11 13
Steals 4 3
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 13 13
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo UCF 19-6 183755
home team logo Cincinnati 22-4 263460
Team Stats
away team logo UCF 19-6 68.9 PPG 37.8 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo Cincinnati 22-4 72.7 PPG 40.5 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
00
A. Dawkins G PPG RPG APG FG%
2
K. Williams G 12.6 PPG 4.6 RPG 1.6 APG 43.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Dawkins G 18 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
K. Williams G 12 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
46.7 FG% 40.4
45.0 3PT FG% 50.0
57.1 FT% 91.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dawkins 18 3 1 7/13 4/6 0/0 1 37 1 0 1 0 3
B. Taylor 12 2 3 4/14 2/8 2/2 0 35 1 0 2 0 2
T. Fall 7 4 1 3/3 0/0 1/3 3 34 0 5 3 1 3
T. Allen 5 3 5 2/5 1/4 0/0 3 33 2 0 2 0 3
C. Smith 5 5 0 2/4 0/0 1/1 2 28 0 0 3 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dawkins 18 3 1 7/13 4/6 0/0 1 37 1 0 1 0 3
B. Taylor 12 2 3 4/14 2/8 2/2 0 35 1 0 2 0 2
T. Fall 7 4 1 3/3 0/0 1/3 3 34 0 5 3 1 3
T. Allen 5 3 5 2/5 1/4 0/0 3 33 2 0 2 0 3
C. Smith 5 5 0 2/4 0/0 1/1 2 28 0 0 3 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Bertz 6 0 0 2/2 2/2 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Brown 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/1 2 12 0 0 2 1 0
D. Griffin 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 1 0 1
C. DeJesus 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
C. McSpadden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Catotti - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Famouke Doumbia - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Douglas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Renaud - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Anders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fuller Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 19 11 21/45 9/20 4/7 13 200 4 5 15 4 15