by Tim Daniel
This one might sting for a bit.
On the road in FedEx Forum. against a Memphis team who, though has underperformed, still provided the Bearcats a Quadrant 1 opportunity, and slipped through the teams' fingers.
With 55 seconds left on the clock, Mika Adams-Woods made a layup to give Cincinnati the 80-79 lead, and Memphis took over from there with Tyler Harris scoring six points in the last minute to give the Tigers the victory.
Cincinnati played well enough to win, as a matter of fact, they had one of their better games offensively this season but in the end, it was the Penny Hardaway lead tigers who picked up the win.
The Bearcats shot 16/30 from three during the game, including junior forward Jeremiah Davenport going 7/10 from deep. Adams-Woods added to the success from the arch shooting 3/4 and John Newman III also contributed shooting 3/5. The 16 made threes are tied for the most in NCAA History at the FedEx Forum.
On the other end, Memphis took the opportunity to flex their muscle and show off their talent levels. Although future lottery pick Jalen Duren had just seven points on 3/10 shooting he was able to display his athleticism with some nice dunks including being on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass from freshman phenom Emoni Bates. Bates, the five-star prospect who reclassified to play this season added 12 points of his own along with six assists and seven rebounds.
The Tigers were led today by senior guard Tyler Harris. Harris, the former AAC All-Freshman had a season-high 20 points going 6/9 from the floor, 3/5 from three-point land, and 5/6 from the free-throw line. Memphis also got nice scoring games from junior Lester Quinones with 18 points, and top 50 recruit Tyler Minott scoring 14 points.
The Bearcats are now 11-5 overall and 1-2 in AAC play. Up next for the Bearcats, a return to the shoe on Wednesday, 1/12 to host the East Carolina Pirates.