Cincinnati Bearcats fall to UCF Knights in AAC basketball

For the second time in the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team's two conference games, the Bearcats had the ball at the end of the game with a chance to make a game-tying three-point shot. 

In the conference opener against South Florida, UC missed an open three at the end of the game. In the Bearcats’ second conference game, UC didn’t even get a shot up at the finish.

Junior point guard David DeJulius lost control of the ball as he attacked the rim, and the Bearcats fell, 75-70, on Tuesday at Central Florida. UC lost its fourth straight game, and the defending American Athletic Conference (AAC) champions dropped their second conference game of the year.

“We don't make enough plays to win games that are this difficult,” Bearcats Head Coach John Brannen said. “Winning is hard, and there’s a misconception that it just happens. You have a young team that hasn’t been through a lot of these things.”


UCF Knights guard Brandon Mahan drives past Cincinnati Bearcats guard Mika Adams-Woods during the first half at Addition Financial Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Senior forward Keith Williams took over in the last four minutes as the Bearcats cut a 13-point deficit down to one point. UC got a last-minute stop and nearly had a chance for a game-winning shot, but UCF followed that missed field goal with a put-back from forward Brandon Mahan.

That extended the Knights’ lead to three points. On the following possession, the Bearcats didn’t attempt a shot that could have tied the score. On DeJulius’ attempt at a quick two, he drew contact and the ball ricocheted out of bounds.

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