March 20, 2017
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Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
NCAA Tournament – Second Round
March 19, 2017 – Sacramento, Calif. – Golden 1 Center
#6 Cincinnati 67, #3 UCLA 79
Starting Five: G Jacob Evans III, G Troy Caupain, F Gary Clark, F Kyle Washington, G Kevin Johnson
The Turning Point: UCLA, which trailed by three at halftime, outscored UC, 10-3, to start the second half. The Bruins made four of their first seven shots in the half, including 2-of-4 from long range, while UC missed four of its first five. With the Bearcats leading, 47-46 with 14:09 left, Ball connected on two straight threes and Bryce Alford, who scored 16 points, added one to give UCLA a 55-47 lead with 12:28 to go, the largest of the game for either team to that point, forcing UC to burn a timeout.
Leaders: Jarron Cumberland came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points with 11 coming in the second half. Gary Clark finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Jacob Evans and Kevin Johnson both added 13. UCLA's Lonzo Ball led all players with 18 points along with seven rebounds and nine assists. Bryce Alford scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half on the strength of three triples.
Halftime Look-In: In a back-and-forth affair, the Bearcats sported a 33-30 lead at the intermission with Kevin Johnson leading the way with 11 points, giving him his 14th double-digit scoring total of the season as he went 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. The Bearcats shot 50 percent from the field (12-of-24) and limited the Bruin offense to 30 points, marking the 28th time in 36 games this year that UC has held its opponent to 30 or fewer points in the opening stanza.
// TEAM NOTES
• With the loss, the all-time series is now even at 2-2 with UCLA winning the last two contests, both of which have come in the NCAA Second Round following a 105-101 double overtime defeat to UCLA in the NCAA Second Round on March 17, 2002, a West Regional contest that was played in Pittsburgh, Pa.
• The Bearcats, who now trail, 2-1, in neutral site games with the Bruins, slipped to 45-30 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
• UCLA, which was averaging 90.1 ppg entering the game, was held to 79 points or less for the ninth time in 2016-17.
• Early Stops: For the 28th time this season in 36 games (77.7 percent), the Bearcats defense limited its opponent to 30 or fewer points in the first half as UC lead, 33-30, at the break. UC limited UCLA to 37.5 percent shooting (12-of-32), including 28.6 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-14).
• UC won the battle of the boards, 32-30 and turned nine offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points.
The Bearcats scored 34 of their 67 points in the paint.
// INDIVIDUAL NOTES
• Kevin Johnson found an early shooting touch as he connected on 3-of-4 shooting in the opening nine minutes of play, including 2-of-3 from deep, to tally eight points. Prior to tonight, Johnson was held scoreless in a pair of conference tournament games and scored just two points in the opening round win over Kansas State Friday night. In his last eight games, he averaged 4.25 points per game with a game-high seven points three different times. Johnson finished the night with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, his highest output since he scored 15 against Tulsa (2/18/17) to cap a streak of three games in a row with at least 13 points scored.
• Troy Caupain closed out his UC career with 1,317 career points, tying for No. 22 all-time with Cashmere Wright (2010-13). Caupain finished with 3,980 career minutes, sitting in third place on the all-time charts.
• Jarron Cumberland came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points with 11 coming in the second half. It was his eighth game with 15 or more points during his freshman season.
• Gary Clark finished with 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. He has 20 double-figure scoring games this season and 50 for his career. It marked the 51st time in his career and 19th this season he has led UC in rebounding.