CINCINNATI (AP) — Sophomore Gary Clark and freshman Jacobs Evans III each scored 13 points as the Cincinnati Bearcats held off the Connecticut Huskies for a 65-60 American Athletic Conference win on Saturday.

Junior Troy Caupain also reached double figures with 10 points and senior Coreontae DeBerry and junior Troy Caupain each added eight points for Cincinnati (20-8, 10-5), which reached 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season and 35th in program history.

Clark finished with 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.

Freshman Jalen Adams scored a season-high 19 points, 17 in the second half, to lead Connecticut (19-8, 9-5). Junior Rodney Purvis added 16 and graduate-student Sterling Gibbs finished with 10 for the Huskies.

Cincinnati went into the game tied with Houston and Tulsa for fourth place in the AAC, a half-game behind No. 21 Southern Methodist and Connecticut. The Huskies had won five of their previous six games, including a 68-62 upset at SMU on Thursday, since being edged by Cincinnati, 58-57, at home on January 28.

The Bearcats led by as many as 14 points, 49-35, with 8:36 left in the game before Adams and Gibbs each sank a 3-pointer to spark a 14-3 run that cut Cincinnati's lead to 52-49. Johnson stopped the run with a 3-pointer from the right wing, and the Bearcats opened up an eight-point lead before settling for the five-point win.

The Bearcats led, 8-0, less than three minutes into the game, prompting a Huskies timeout, and opened up an 11-point lead, 18-9, with 8:52 left in the first half. Purvis sparked a comeback with a personal 7-0 run, and Connecticut tied the score, 20-20, before the Bearcats rode a 9-4 run to a 29-24 halftime lead.


Connecticut: Amida Brimah, the 7-foot junior center who missed the previous game against Cincinnati with a broken hand, was limited by foul trouble to two points in 10 minutes.

Cincinnati: Senior guard Shaq Thomas, plagued recently with right foot and ankle issues, was limited to two points in eight minutes after apparently aggravating the injury early in the first half.


Connecticut: Plays at South Florida on Thursday.

Cincinnati: Plays at East Carolina on Saturday.