Cincinnati wins Emerald Coast Classic

The Associated Press
Cincinnati's Jarron Cumberland shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Western Michigan, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Cincinnati wins Emerald Coast Classic

Cincinnati's Jarron Cumberland shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Western Michigan, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- - Jarron Cumberland scored 25 points to lead Cincinnati to the Emerald Coast Classic championship by defeating Mississippi 71-57 on Saturday.

It was a reversal of fortune for the Bearcats, who had lost the 2014 title game to the Rebels in the tournament's first year.

Cincinnati (5-1) squandered a 13-point first half lead but roared back in the second half.

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Cumberland, who was named the tournament's outstanding player, made 13-of-14 free throws - setting tournament records for foul shots made and attempted. He hit only 5 of 17 from the field.

Devontae Shuler led Mississippi (4-2) with a career-high 24 points and Breein Tyree added 14.

Keith Williams broke a 7-7 tie with a 3 pointer that launched a 12-2 run and gave Cincinnati a 10 point lead at 19-9. The Bearcats eventually got the lead up to 13 and maintained a double-digit advantage until the last three minutes of the half. Ole Miss went on a 9-2 run to narrow the gap to 37-33 at the half including a Shuler 3 pointer at the buzzer.

The Rebels opened the second half with an 8-3 run to tie the score at 41-all. The Bearcats responded with a 14-2 run to get the lead back to double digits and never looked back.

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