National Basketball Association
Cincinnati 71, Memphis 69
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 2, 2019
Where: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
# Brian Shey, # Marques Pettigrew, # Ted Valentine
Jarron Cumberland scored 26 points Saturday night as No. 23 Cincinnati held off visiting Memphis 71-69 to move into a tie for first place in the American Athletic Conference.
Nysier Brooks added 13 and Keith Williams chipped in 10 points for the Bearcats (25-4, 14-2), who joined Houston atop the conference after the No. 8 Cougars were upset at home earlier Saturday by Central Florida. Cincinnati hosts Houston on March 10 with the AAC title at stake.
Jeremiah Martin scored a game-high 28 points for the Tigers (18-12, 10-7), including a driving layup with 6.9 seconds left that pulled them within 70-69. Cincinnati's Tre Scott sank a free throw with 4.9 seconds left to extend the lead to two points.
Scott missed a second foul shot that Memphis' Isaiah Maurice rebounded, but his outlet pass to Martin was stolen by Logan Johnson, who dribbled out the clock to cap a contentious game. The Ted Valentine-helmed officiating crew whistled 40 fouls, including four technicals.
The teams combined for three technicals after an altercation with 7:38 left in the game that included the ejection of Bearcats point guard Justin Jenifer.
Cincinnati won this game at the foul line, going 23 of 36 while the Tigers made 7 of 10.
After Martin, who averaged more than 30 points a game in February, started the scoring with a 3-pointer, Cincinnati landed the first real punch by rattling off the next eight points. It held Memphis scoreless for a span of 4:18.
The Bearcats extended the margin to 15-7 as Cumberland sank two foul shots with 12:57 left in the half, and later stretched the lead to 24-14 on a jumper by Williams at the 7:43 mark. The advantage was still 10 in the final minute of the half when the Tigers grabbed momentum.
Martin found Maurice for a jumper and Antwann Jones for a 3-ball in the final 40 seconds, enabling Memphis to slash the deficit to 37-32 at intermission despite committing nine turnovers and getting outrebounded.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Jeremiah Martin 28
Jarron Cumberland 26
Jeremiah Martin 5
Jarron Cumberland 3
Isaiah Maurice 7
Nysier Brooks 12
Jeremiah Martin 6
||Free Throws Made
Jarron Cumberland 13
Kareem Brewton Jr. 1
Keith Williams 3
Kyvon Davenport 1
Nysier Brooks 1
Team Stats Summary