Kevin Johnson hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give UC a two point lead with 9:04 left in the second half (FOX19 File Photo)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati (17-6, 8-3 American) survived blowing a 16-point lead in the first half by beating South Florida (7-17, 1-10 American) 63-58.
The Bulls finished the first half on a 8-3 run after being down 16 with 4:42 left. USF outscored the Bearcats 19-9 to open the second half and took its first lead at 41-37.
Kevin Johnson hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give UC a two point lead with 9:04 left in the second half. UC held on to the lead, building it to a 57-5 lead with 41 seconds left and then finishing the game with a Troy Caupain breakaway layup.
Farad Cobb led all Bearcats with 16 points Saturday night.
Johnson finished with 11 points and three assists. Octavius Ellis finished the game with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Gary Clark left the game early in the second half with a tweaked knee
Corey Allen Jr scored 18 points for the Bulls and Troy Holston Jr. had 16.
The Bearcats hit the road to Philadelphia to play Temple Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.