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No. 12 Cincinnati Advances To Championship Of Cayman Islands Classic

Nov. 21, 2017

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GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS -- No. 12 ranked Cincinnati opened the game by making three straight three-point baskets in a two-minute span and never looked back running away with a 75-48 victory past Richmond to advance to the championship of the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic.

The Bearcats will meet Wyoming -- a 70-61 victor past Louisiana in the other semifinal round -- in the championship game slated for a 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time tip off.

Cincinnati shot a season-high 54.3 percent from the floor, including an impressive 54.2 percent from three-point range making, 13 of 24 treys.

Meanwhile, the Bearcats forced Richmond into 20 turnovers, while scoring 26 points off miscues from the Spiders.

A stifling Cincinnati defense held Richmond without a basket for nearly 13 minutes in the first half.

"The first half, we played great defensively and on offense, when we did make the right pass we found open shooters," said Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin.

After a layup by Solly Stansbury pulled Richmond within 14-6 with 13:32 left in the first half, the Spiders missed their next nine shots and committed 10 turnovers before De'Monte Buckingham broke the ice with a three-point basket with 40 seconds left before intermission.

By that time the Bearcats took advantage enjoying 40-10 advantage following a free throw by Tre Scot with 1:01 in the first half.

"Obviously Richmond has a young team," said Cronin. "I thought Buffalo made us better last night. We were able to jump out to an early lead and put the game away with our defense.

"We try to start the best defensive lineup," Cronin added. "We want to focus on things that win games, defense, rebounding, physicality, and guys that play together."

Cronin took advantage of the lopsided score by being able to rest his players for Wednesday's championship with no player competing more than 24 minutes.

Junior reserve guard Cane Broome paced a balanced attack with 13 points, while swingman Jacob Evans II added 12 points.

Senior forward Gary Clark appeared for only 20 minutes collecting eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Guard Jacob Gilyard led Richmond (1-3) with 12 points.