by Tim Daniel
Sometimes you run into a team when they're on a roll, that was the case tonight when the Bearcats hosted the Memphis Tigers while they were on a five-game win streak, including an upset on the road against top 10 ranked Houston.
Freshman phenom Jalen Duren showed the world why he will be a lottery pick in next season's NBA Draft. Although Duren only played 19 minutes due to foul trouble in the first half, he managed to score 13 points 6/10 shooting including a few nice dunks. The Tigers also got some solid play from Tyler Harris leading the team with 15 points, and Lander Nolley scoring 13 of his own. The Tigers had five scorers in double-digits tonight including Josh Minott with 10 of his own.
On the Bearcats end, although being down by fifteen points at the half, they were able to make a few runs to get back in the game in the second half. Junior forward Jeremiah Davenport hit a few big three's to keep the Bearcats afloat, leading to a 20 point 11 rebound performance. Although the Tigers managed to take guard David DeJulius out of the game, for the most part, he was still able to score 13 points shooting 50% from the floor, but only was able to take 10 shots.
With tonight's loss, the Bearcats have now lost four of their last six games and are now 16-9. Up next for the Bearcats, a quick turnaround to Thursday night where they will host Wichita State. The tip-off will be at 7 PM EST and will be on ESPN2.