Bearcats blow out Tigers to open AAC play

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Gary Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, and Jarron Cumberland scored 15 points, leading No. 21 Cincinnati to an 82-48 victory over Memphis on Sunday that extended the nation’s longest active home-court winning streak.

Playing their first game in 10 days, the Bearcats (12-2, 1-0 American Athletic) came out rusty but turned up the defense and were in control by halftime. Clark had an alley-oop dunk and a 3-pointer that started a 15-2 run late in the half, pushing Cincinnati’s lead to 20 points. The Tigers shot three air balls during the spurt.

Cumberland hit a jumper and a 3-pointer as the Bearcats padded the lead to 30 points early in the second half.

Memphis (9-5, 0-1) had its worst showing of the season on offense, finishing with its fewest points and a season-low 32 percent shooting from the field. The Tigers were only 4 of 22 from beyond the arc. Kareem Brewton Jr. led Memphis with 17 points.

The Bearcats have won 34 straight home games on two courts. They’re playing this season at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University while their on-campus arena is renovated. They went 18-0 at Fifth Third Arena last season.