McGowan, a junior, set a career high in points and recorded his
second career double-double with a game-high 14 rebounds. He scored
11 points in the second half and Muhammed had 13 as Cincinnati
(15-7, 4-4) overcame a seven-point deficit.
Cincinnati had lost five of its previous six games after a
10-game winning streak.
South Florida (6-14, 0-7) has lost nine straight games. The
Bulls are looking for their first Big East win after switching from
Muhammed's 3-pointer with 11:09 left in the game snapped a
48-all tie and gave Cincinnati the lead for good. That sparked a
14-3 Bearcats run during which he scored eight points and McGowan
James White, Cincinnati's leading scorer, was limited to six
points by a sprained right ankle he suffered early in the game. He
returned after getting the ankle retaped but played with a slight
Cincinnati dominated inside, enjoying a 43-32 advantage in
rebounds and outscoring the Bulls 40-22 in the paint and 21-8 on
second-chance points. The Bearcats also beat USF 14-2 on fast-break
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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.