Tigers upset bid falls short at Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI — Tre Scott had 25 points and 19 rebounds, Jarron Cumberland scored eight of his 15 in overtime and Cincinnati rallied to beat Memphis 92-86 on Thursday night.

After a Memphis free throw to start overtime, the Bearcats went on an 8-0 run, including a three-point play on Cumberland’s only field goal, which came on the fifth foul for Precious Achiuwa. The Tigers didn’t get closer than five thereafter with Cumberland making five free throws in the final 35 seconds.

Memphis had a 10-point lead with six minutes left in regulation but the Bearcats rallied to tie the game twice in the last minute, the final time with 10.5 seconds left after Cumberland grabbed an offensive rebound and Scott was fouled, making both free throws. Memphis’ Alex Lomax had his layup blocked from behind by Mika Adams-Woods to send the game into overtime.

Scott tied his career high in points and set a personal best with his 19 boards. Cumberland finished 1 of 7 from the field but made 13 of 15 free throws and had nine assists. Adams-Woods scored 14 points, Keith Williams 11 and Jaevin Cumberland, Jarron’s cousin, added 10 for the Bearcats (16-8, 9-3 American Athletic Conference), who have won six of their last seven games and stayed on the heels of first-place Houston (10-2).

Achiuwa scored 20 of his 22 points after halftime and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds. Boogie Ellis added 19 points, Lester Quinones 18 and Tyler Harris 11 for the Tigers, who beat Cincinnati 60-49 on Jan. 16.

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