Albany did not back down Monday night inside of Fifth Third Arena. After securing their first ever win against a Big 10 school, opening the season with an 87-81 win over Penn State, Albany put up a fight. Early on Troy Caupain had back-to-back steals and break away dunks. However, every time UC looked to capitalize, Albany calmed down and bounced back. At half time the score was 29-27, advantage UC.
Mick Cronin continues to give playing time to just about everyone. Newcomers Jarron Cumberland, Kyle Washington, Nysier Brooks, and Tre Scott entered the game in the first half. Quadri Moore also saw extended playing time. This is a great sign and shows the depth and experience this team could have in December – March when the conference onslaught takes place.
The Bearcats were a different team in the second half, dialing up their defensive intensity, length, and speed several notches. They quickly got out to a 10-point lead and never looked back. Jacob Evans led the Bearcats with 19 points. Kyle Washington, at 6’9” 230 lbs., demonstrated his size and inside dominance. Washington, along with sidekick Gary Clark, should be fun to watch as the season ramps up. UC ultimately won 74-51.
Next up UC faces a talented Rhode Island squad on Saturday. The game is at 3 pm ET on ESPN3. Then on Sunday the Cats have a chance to face #1 Duke in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament taking place in Uncasville, Connecticut.
By Andy Smith