‘Cincinnati Bearcats’ lose to UCF but still lead 2-0

AUBURN HILLS, Ala.

— The Cincinnati Bearcats have been riding a hot streak of seven straight victories and two games over .500 all season.

But they fell behind to UC F by four points early in the fourth quarter and were outscored by 21 in the final 15 minutes to fall 103-98 on Friday night.

Jahlil Okafor had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Tyus Jones added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats (7-2, 2-1 Big East).

Chris Johnson had 14 points and eight assists for UCF (6-5, 3-3), which has won five straight.

“It was a good game for us,” UCF coach Dave Rice said.

“I thought we got a lot of opportunities, but we didn’t take advantage of them.”

OkaFOR had 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Jones added 11 points and nine rebounds.

“We have to continue to play like that and hopefully that continues,” OkaFor said.

UCF is trying to win its first league title since 2013.

The Bearcats haven’t won since a 97-96 win at home in March 2016.

OkaFors point total was his most since he had 23 in a win over Kansas in December 2014.

UC F had won eight straight since a 95-92 win over Michigan State on Jan. 25, 2019.

“They were the better team in the second half,” UC F coach Tony Bennett said.

Jones had 22 points in the first half, but UC F made 15 of 26 shots from 3-point range.

“When they get into their rhythm, they are really good,” UC Davis guard DeAndre Kane said.

He had nine points and four assists in the other half, and he finished with 14 points.

Jones scored seven points for the Bears, who shot 36 percent.

UC Davis was led by senior guard Tayshaun Prince, who had 11 assists and 11 rebounds.

UC Foster averaged 15.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in the series, and UC F was 6 of 15 from 3.

“You have to come out and play like a team,” Prince said.

Prince was 4 of 5 from 3 for nine points in that game.

The Bears were coming off their worst loss of the season at home against Creighton on Wednesday.