DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Armein Kirkland scored 23 points and
Cincinnati used its speed to pull away from Dayton for a 65-55
The game was a see-saw battle until the 4-minute mark, when
Cincinnati dominated under the basket and turned fast breaks into
With No. 24 Cincinnati leading 52-49, James White took a pass on a fast
break, did a 360-degree spin under the basket and was fouled as the
ball went through the hoop. White converted the free throw for a
six-point lead, and the Bearcats never looked back.
Cincinnati (4-0) outrebounded the Flyers 42-30 and scored 26
points in the paint to Dayton's 16.
Dayton (1-3) hit 6 of 13 3-pointers in the first half, but they
cooled off in the second half and were 1-of-12.
Dayton outhustled the Bearcats for much of the second half,
grabbing rebounds, making steals and scoring off turnovers. But in
the final minutes, the Bearcats used their size advantage to
rebound missed Flyer shots and race back down the floor before
Dayton could set up defensively.
Dayton played without starting center James Cripe, who was out
with a bruised lower back.
Jason Maxiell scored 12 points for Cincinnati, and White added
Mark Jones had 12 points for the Flyers.
In the first half, Cincinnati jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but the
Flyers battled back using 3-pointers and tied the game at 16 apiece
with 11:49 left. From then on it was a see-saw battle, with seven
lead changes. At halftime, Dayton led 33-31.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.