Nov. 29, 2011
Cincinnati--Senior forward Julian Mavunga recorded his 17th career double-double, scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, against local rival Cincinnati Tuesday night, but it was not enough as Miami (2-3) fell to the Bearcats (4-2), 56-47, in the 148th meeting between the two schools.
With his 26 points, Mavunga became just the 34th player in the history of the program to reach 1,000 career points, needing 25 points entering the game to hit the milestone. It also was the 10th 20-point scoring performance of his career.
The Bearcats jumped out to an early 8-0 advantage, holding Miami scoreless until a Mavunga layup five minutes into the first half. The Cincinnati lead reached 12 points at the 13:32 mark of the half, but the RedHawks clawed their way back and whittled the lead down to four after a Mavunga 3-pointer. The Bearcats extended their lead back to six, 19-13, on an emphatic put-back dunk by Yancy Gates.
By the end of the half, Miami had reduced its deficit to only one point, 23-22. Mavunga led all scorers with 14 points in the first half. The RedHawks outshot Cincinnati, 45 percent compared to 30 percent, but the Bearcats made up for that by dominating the boards offensively. They recorded 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, while Miami only managed three. The RedHawks had the advantage on defensive rebounds, however, grabbing 12 to Cincinnati's eight.
The second half began much like the first, with a 7-0 Bearcat scoring run to make the score 30-22. Miami fought back to make the score 32-28 after a layup by sophomore forward Jon Harris. With 11:45 left in the half, Mavunga laid one in to cut the Cincinnati lead to two, 35-33. However, back-to-back jumpers by the Bearcats' Cashmere Wright and a quick steal that led to a bucket by Ge'Lawn Guyn extended their lead to 43-34.
A 5-0 spurt with help from Harris and sophomore guard Quinten Rollins pulled Miami back to within five, 45-40, with 8:10 remaining in the game. Freshman guard Will Sullivan beat the shot clock with a jumper to reduce the deficit to three points, 46-43.
Two more baskets by Mavunga put the RedHawks within two, 49-47. Cincinnati's Cheikh Mbodj nailed two shots of his own, including one from behind the arc, to extend the Bearcats' lead to 54-47. A layup by Wright with 45 seconds left sealed the deal for Cincinnati and cemented the final score at 56-47.
Mavunga led all scorers with 26 points, one shy of his career high. His double-double was his 12th in his last 17 games. Harris was Miami's next-highest scorer, recording eight points. Cincinnati's high scorer was Mbodj with 12 points, and three other players scored in double figures.
The RedHawks play again on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Troy at 8 p.m. (ET).