Catching Up with UC Basketball: Nolley Leads Cincinnati Past ECU, 83-55

Landers Nolley III

CINCINNATI – Redshirt senior guard Landers Nolley II and graduate student guard David DeJulius recorded a pair of double-doubles to lead the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team to a 83-55 win over ECU inside Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday night.

With the win, Cincinnati improves to 12-6 overall, 3-2 in the AAC. 

Nolley II finished with his sixth career double-double on 20 points and 10 rebounds, while DeJulius turned in the first of his career on 11 points and 12 assists. The point-assist double-double by DeJulius was the first since Troy Caupain posted 18 points and 10 assists against USF on Feb. 2, 2016. 

Senior wing Jeremiah Davenport put together another stellar performance off the bench with 16 points, his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season. Freshman wing Josh Reed connected on a career-high three three-pointers.

The Bearcats shot over 50 percent from behind the arc, the sixth time under head coach Wes Miller

Cincinnati was electric from deep against the Pirates, hitting 10 from downtown hitting at a 71.4% clip in the first half. It marked the Bearcats’ second-most in a half this season (13 against Arizona in the second), while the number alone was the most ECU had allowed in any full game this year.

Nolley opened the scoring for the Bearcats knocking down his first two three-point attempts.

With the game locked at 10, the Bearcats went on a 12-4 run over a 2:33 minute span to command the lead and force the Pirates’ first timeout. 

The Bearcats entered halftime with a 38-25 lead over the Pirates. Cincinnati converted on 10-14 from behind the arc, while holding ECU to 1-10 from three in the first half. 

Cincinnati didn’t plan on slowing down from behind the arc as they came out of the half immediately hitting another three, which triggered an 18-4 run over a 7:40 time frame.

During Cincinnati’s big run, it did not allow a Pirates field goal for 5:55 minutes, extending its lead to 56-33.


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