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No. 12 Cincinnati blitzes Western Carolina

Sports Xchange
14 Nov 2017, 12:30 GMT+10

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Sophomore guard Jarron Cumberland needed just 23 minutes to score a game-high 20 points, junior guard Cane Broome came off the bench to add 15 and the 12th-ranked University of Cincinnati Bearcats rolled to a 102-51 nonconference win over Western Carolina on Monday.

Senior forward Kyle Washington also reached double figures with 14 points and freshman guard Keith Williams finished with 10 for Cincinnati (2-0), which never trailed or was tied and led the unranked Catamounts by as many as 53 points in the final minute, delighting a crowd of 7,051 at Northern Kentucky University's BBT Arena.

Cincinnati reached triple figures in points for the second time in two games and scored at least 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 17 and 21, 2011.

The Bearcats easily outrebounded Western Carolina (0-2), 47-28, led by sophomore center Nysier Brooks with a career-high eight.

Freshman guard Matt Halvorsen, who scored three points over 13 minutes in his college debut during Western Carolina's 85-57 loss at Clemson last Friday, came off the bench to lead the Catamounts with 15 points. Fifth-year senior guard Deriece Parks also reached double figures with 10 points for Western Carolina.

Cincinnati is playing home games at Northern Kentucky this season while Fifth Third Arena undergoes an $87 million renovation.

Cumberland scored the first five points of the game. Washington scored 12 points in the first half off the bench and Cincinnati led by as many as 23 points before settling for a 46-29 halftime lead.

NOTES: Nysier Brooks and Cincinnati junior guard Justin Jenifer made their first career starts, Jenifer in place of Cane Broome, who committed six turnovers during Cincinnati's 107-77 win over Savannah State in Friday's season-opener. ... Western Carolina fifth-year senior guard Haboubacar Mutombo is a nephew of former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo. ... The Bearcats are scheduled to remain at home for their next game on Thursday against Coppin State. ... The Catamounts are due to play their home opener on Thursday against Hiwassee College, a National Christian College Athletic Association Division I team in Madisonville, Tenn.

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