Cold shooting plagues WSU against Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WSU) – Wichita State scrapped for a season-high 51 rebounds but couldn't overcome another chilly road shooting performance in a 72-62 setback at Cincinnati Sunday afternoon inside sold-out FifthThird Arena.

Fresham Dexter Dennis scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on the way to his first career double-double for Wichita State (12-12, 4-7 American), which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.

Dennis' 13 rebounds were the most by a Shocker this year.

Markis McDuffie had 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. He recorded his 500th career rebound late in the first half, becoming just the eighth player in school history to tally 500 boards and 100 steals.

Jarron Cumberland paced Cincinnati (21-4, 10-2) with 27 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting and dished out a team-high five assists.

WSU led 17-13 just past the midway point of the first half but finished on a 2-for-17 slide. UC launched a 16-3 run to take control and went into the break up 34-24.

The Shockers made a handful of runs in the second half. They used a 7-0 push to pull within six points at the under 12:00-timeout. Dennis' offensive surge made it a 66-59 game with just under a minute to go. Each time Cincinnati had an answer.

The Shockers' 35 three-point attempts were tied for the second-most in school history. They connected nine times but on just 25.7 percent accuracy.

Cincinnati wasn't much better, finishing at 34.5 percent from the floor. Helped by Cumberland, the Bearcats drained 10-of-22 from distance and outscored the Shockers 22-15 at the foul line.

WSU outrebounded its host 51-42 and scored 24 second-chance points on 19 offensive rebounds, but that wasn't enough to overcome a 26.8 percent shooting performance.

In addition to Dennis' total, Jaime Echenique added 11 boards. It was his fourth double-digit rebounding effort of the season. Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler had six points and seven rebounds (six of them on the offensive end) to go with Asbjorbn Midtgaard's seven points and seven boards (four of them offensive).

WSU was swept by a conference opponent for the first time since 2013 (Evansville).