Brown Loses Season Opener at 25th Ranked Cincinnati

Brown news release…

Cincinnati, OH – Brown opened its season against 25th-ranked Cincinnati Friday evening and fell to the Bearcats, 84-55, at Fifth Third Arena in the opening round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament.

The Bears will look to rebound on Sunday, November 13, in their home opener against Niagara at the Pizziola Sports Center, starting at 3:00 pm. 

Senior guard JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ), Brown’s long-range scoring threat, netted nine of his team high 12 points in the opening half, shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc. 

Bears’ senior forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds, and sophomore guard Chris Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) tossed in a career high nine points after hitting 3-of-4 treys. Freshman Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) made his collegiate debut for the Bears and chipped in with eight points in a starting role.

Cincinnati, the preseason choice to win the American Athletic Conference, overpowered Brown on the backboards by a 43-23 margin behind Kyle Washington 12 rebounds. Washington completed the double-double with 16 points.

Jacob Evans paced the Bearcats with 23 points on sizzling 9-of-12 shooting from the field, while Gary Clark added 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

The Bearcats shot 58-percent from the field (33-of-57), while holding Brown to just 31-percent shooting (18-of-57)

The Bears couldn’t find the bottom of the basket in the opening six minutes, falling behind by an 11-1 margin after missing their first seven field goals.  Hobbie nailed a trey at the 13:24 mark to trail 11-4.

Senior Steven Spieth connected on a baseline jumper with 9:52 remaining in the half to cut the Bearcats’ lead to 18-14.

Cincinnati finished the half with a 9-0 run, sparked by Clark’s four points, to build a 43-25 advantage at intermission.

The Bearcats out-scored Brown, 7-0 to open the second half, with Evans netting five points to give Cincinnati a 50-25 lead with 17;46 remaining.

Brown cut Cincinnati’s lead to 16 points, 55-39, on a lay-up by senior Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) with 12:01 left in the game, but an 11-0 Cincinnati put the game out of reach, 66-39 with 8:00 remaining, on an Evans dunk.