Cashmere Wright scored17 points – including five three-point shots – and the Cincinnati Bearcats knocked off the Oregon Ducks to win the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
The 22-ranked Bearcats (6-0) started off hot, building a big early lead en route to a 9-point halftime advantage.
Still, the Ducks (5-1) fought back using a 21-10 run to open the second half to close the gap and eventually take the lead over Cincinnati midway through the second stanza.
The Bearcats responded well, though, much like they did against Iowa State one night ago. They regained the lead and extended it to double digits as time ticked away, winning 77-66.
The Bearcats were in foul trouble for a second consecutive night as a tightly called game made it difficult for their pressure defense to be effective against an up-tempo Oregon offense.
The Ducks outrebounded the Bearcats 40-39 on the night, but the Bearcats used hot shooting from behind the arc to fend out the Ducks’ furious run. The Bearcats shot just under 46 percent as a team from long range.
After holding Iowa State to around 35 percent shooting just one night ago, the Bearcats held Oregon to 34 percent from the field on Saturday night.
In all, four Bearcats reached double figures in the win. JaQuon Parker and Sean Kilpatrick each scored 16 points, and Titus Rubles scored 13, most of which came late in the second half with the game in the balance.
The Bearcats rank 1st in the country in rebounding six games into the season, and used 18 offensive rebounds to cash in on the offensive end against the Ducks.
The team is averaging 88 points a game, good for 4th in the country, despite playing relatively sloppy over their past three contests.
The Bearcats now get the better part of a week off before returning home to begin a substantial home stretch that begins with a December 1st matchup against Alabama and wraps up December 27th against New Mexico.