February 12, 2022
TULSA, Okla. — David DeJulius’ third-straight 20-point game was not enough against hot-shooting Tulsa, as the Bearcats fell to the Golden Hurricane, 83-77, on Saturday night.
“We didn’t defend well,” head coach Wes Miller said. “I don’t want to take credit from Frank Haith’s team because they played a great game. They shot 50 percent both halves and we weren’t active rotating and challenging shots. We had moments, but our consistency wasn’t there and we didn’t get in position.
“There are a lot of things offensively I didn’t like, particularly our shot selection at times. We didn’t make great decisions in the open-court with the ball, and when we score 70 points, we should have a great chance to win.”
The Golden Hurricane shot Tulsa jumped out to a 17-6 lead and eventually led 35-23 at the four-minute mark, but Jeremiah Davenport scored five-straight points to pull UC within 37-34 on its final possession. The Golden Hurricane notched a layup in the waning seconds to regain a piece of momentum, leading 39-34 at the break.
Cincinnati (16-8, 6-5 AAC) kept inching to within four points to start the second half before consecutive DeJulius triples made it a 56-53 contest with 11:37 left. Tulsa responded with back-to-back jumpers and grew its lead to 10 with 6:37 left.
–David DeJulius (23) and Jeremiah Davenport (15) reached double-figures for the 17th time this season.
-DeJulius’ output comes on the heels of 24 against South Florida (Wednesday) and 25 on Houston (Sunday), becoming the first Bearcat since Jarron Cumberland (Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2019) to post three-straight games with 20-plus points.
-It also marked DeJulius’ eighth 20-point game this season, five in AAC play.
-Davenport’s team-high nine rebounds were one off his season-high and second double-double.
-UC leads the all-time series 31-14 but saw its three-game win streak in Tulsa snapped.
-The Bearcats’ 36 three-point tries were a season-high and tied for the third-most in school history (most since Savannah State in 2017-18).
-UC connected from deep 12 times, its eighth game in double-digits.
-The Bearcats’ 10 steals also matched a season-high.
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