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Cumberland leads No. 23 Cincinnati over Memphis 71-69

CINCINNATI (AP) Freshman guard Logan Johnson knew Memphis was going to set up the league's top scorer for the last shot, so he made sure Jeremiah Martin wouldn't touch the ball.

Johnson stole a pass in the closing seconds to clinch a 71-69 victory over Memphis on Saturday night that moved No. 23 Cincinnati into a first-place tie in the American Athletic Conference.

Jarron Cumberland overcame a sluggish first half and scored 26 points to keep the Bearcats ahead, and Johnson finished it by stepping in front of a pass intended for Martin, who had 28 points and gave the Tigers (18-12, 10-7) a chance at the end.

''I assumed they were going to him, so I tried to jump it,'' Johnson said. ''It was just me in the moment reading it.''

The Bearcats (25-4, 14-2) are tied with Houston atop the league. They finish the regular season by facing each other in Cincinnati next Sunday.

Martin hit a 3-pointer and made a layup that cut it to 70-69 with 6.8 seconds left. Cincinnati's Trevon Scott hit a free throw with 4.9 seconds to go, and Johnson sealed it.

''We had `em right where we wanted them,'' Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said. ''When plays had to be made, they made them.''

A chippy game overflowed in the closing minutes.

Cumberland and Antwann Jones got technical fouls with 7:38 left for an exchange under the basket. Cincinnati point guard Justin Jenifer was ejected for coming off the bench.

Also, Memphis' Raynere Thornton tripped Cumberland as he dribbled and then stepped over him, drawing a technical foul with 4:24 left.

''That was not smart on his part,'' Hardaway said. ''You never step over anyone. You have to walk around. I don't know why he tried to do that at that point.''

Martin was hit on the left side of the face in a collision under the basket in the opening minutes and rubbed his jaw. He was examined during a timeout. Martin came in leading the league with 19.4 points per game and missed six of his nine shots in the first half, when Cincinnati led by as many as 10 points.

Cumberland had 21 points in the second half.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Cincinnati needed a win to stay ranked for another week, and the Bearcats got it by holding down the league's highest-scoring offense and getting an edge the boards 38-31.

BIG PICTURE

Memphis: The Tigers suffered a major setback in their bid to get a first-round bye in the conference tournament.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats are in better position to win a second straight AAC regular season title after first-place Houston lost to UCF 69-64 at home on Saturday . The Bearcats also won the conference tournament last season.

WEARING THE CROWN

Martin is trying to become only the fifth Memphis player to lead a league in scoring. He'd join Hardaway, who was the Great Midwest Conference's top scorer in 1992-93.

TOUGH AT HOME

Cincinnati is 49-4 in AAC home games since the conference was formed in 2013. The Bearcats are 34-2 in AAC home games the last four seasons. Overall, Cincinnati is 15-1 at Fifth Third Arena this season, the lone loss coming in the opener against Ohio State.

SERIES STUFF

The Bearcats lead the series 46-33, including a 69-64 win at Memphis on Feb. 7.

LOTS OF WINS

The Bearcats set a school record with their 85th win over the last three seasons.

LINE ADVANTAGE

Cincinnati was 23 of 36 on free throws. Memphis was 7 of 10.

UP NEXT

Memphis finishes its regular season at home against Tulsa next Saturday. The Tigers lost at Tulsa 95-79 on Jan. 30.

Cincinnati plays at UCF on Thursday. The Bearcats beat the UCF 60-55 on Feb. 21.

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Key Players
J. Martin
3 G
J. Cumberland
34 G
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
18.3 Pts. Per Game 18.3
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
47.0 Field Goal % 41.1
37.8 Three Point % 41.1
73.9 Free Throw % 78.6
  Bad pass turnover on Isaiah Maurice, stolen by Logan Johnson 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Maurice 5.0
  Tre Scott missed 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Jeremiah Martin 5.0
+ 2 Jeremiah Martin made layup 7.0
+ 1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
  Jarron Cumberland missed 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Kareem Brewton Jr. 18.0
+ 3 Jeremiah Martin made 3-pt. jump shot 24.0
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Maurice 35.0
Team Stats
Points 69 71
Field Goals 27-56 (48.2%) 22-57 (38.6%)
3-Pointers 8-20 (40.0%) 4-19 (21.1%)
Free Throws 7-10 (70.0%) 23-36 (63.9%)
Total Rebounds 31 38
Offensive 7 15
Defensive 23 21
Team 1 2
Assists 16 11
Steals 2 9
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 24 15
Technicals 2 2
28 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
26 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Memphis 18-12 323769
home team logo 23 Cincinnati 25-4 373471
Team Stats
away team logo Memphis 18-12 80.1 PPG 40.9 RPG 15.4 APG
home team logo 23 Cincinnati 25-4 71.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
00
J. Martin G PPG RPG APG FG%
34
J. Cumberland G 18.8 PPG 4.4 RPG 3.6 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Martin G 28 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
J. Cumberland G 26 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
48.2 FG% 38.6
40.0 3PT FG% 21.1
70.0 FT% 63.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Martin 28 3 5 9/19 4/9 6/6 1 36 0 1 3 1 2
K. Brewton Jr. 8 3 2 3/6 1/1 1/1 4 25 1 0 0 0 3
K. Davenport 4 6 0 2/7 0/2 0/3 3 31 0 1 1 3 3
R. Thornton 4 2 2 2/3 0/1 0/0 5 27 0 0 1 0 2
M. Parks Jr. 2 2 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 3 15 0 0 1 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Martin 28 3 5 9/19 4/9 6/6 1 36 0 1 3 1 2
K. Brewton Jr. 8 3 2 3/6 1/1 1/1 4 25 1 0 0 0 3
K. Davenport 4 6 0 2/7 0/2 0/3 3 31 0 1 1 3 3
R. Thornton 4 2 2 2/3 0/1 0/0 5 27 0 0 1 0 2
M. Parks Jr. 2 2 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 3 15 0 0 1 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Maurice 14 7 0 7/11 0/1 0/0 2 25 0 1 1 1 6
T. Harris 6 1 2 2/5 2/5 0/0 1 21 1 0 1 0 1
A. Jones 3 4 4 1/1 1/1 0/0 5 15 0 1 4 0 4
A. Lomax 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 2 1 1
K. Sameh Azab - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Enoh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Olds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Boyce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hardaway - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wingett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 30 16 27/56 8/20 7/10 24 200 2 4 14 7 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 26 6 3 6/12 1/5 13/16 3 33 1 1 3 1 5
N. Brooks 13 12 0 4/7 0/0 5/6 4 29 1 1 0 6 6
K. Williams 10 3 3 4/11 0/1 2/4 2 34 3 1 5 1 2
J. Jenifer 8 1 2 3/9 2/6 0/0 1 18 1 0 1 0 1
T. Scott 8 7 1 3/6 0/1 2/4 0 32 2 1 2 3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 26 6 3 6/12 1/5 13/16 3 33 1 1 3 1 5
N. Brooks 13 12 0 4/7 0/0 5/6 4 29 1 1 0 6 6
K. Williams 10 3 3 4/11 0/1 2/4 2 34 3 1 5 1 2
J. Jenifer 8 1 2 3/9 2/6 0/0 1 18 1 0 1 0 1
T. Scott 8 7 1 3/6 0/1 2/4 0 32 2 1 2 3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Broome 6 1 1 2/7 1/4 1/4 2 23 0 0 0 0 1
T. Moore 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/2 1 15 0 0 0 1 0
E. Nsoseme 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 8 0 0 1 0 2
L. Johnson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
R. Fredericks 0 3 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 3 0
J. Koz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Diarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Hardnett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gillam Toyambi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 36 11 22/57 4/19 23/36 15 200 9 4 12 15 21