Brent Bach

Bellarmine's Brent Bach makes a pass in the second half during an exhibition against Cincinnati, Wednesday, November 1, in Louisville at Freedom Hall.

Evan Dennison, The Ledger Independent

LOUISVILLE – What’s been a staple of Mick Cronin coached Cincinnati basketball teams was evident Wednesday at Freedom Hall.

The Bearcats forced 16 turnovers, held Bellarmine to 39.6 percent shooting from the field and won 89-61 in a preseason exhibition tune-up for both teams.

Cincinnati was led by five different players in double figures as 11 different players logged double-digit minutes for what might be Mick Cronin’s deepest team yet.

The Bearcats shot out to an 18-8 lead eight minutes into the game before leading 43-29 at half.

The Knights were able to get within 12 at the 13:04 mark in the second half with an 11-2 run, but as the No. 12 ranked team in the AP preseason poll should against a Division II team, the Bearcats imposed their will and answered with a 19-4 run over the next 5:51, building a 74-47 advantage.

They’d close out the game with a 30-14 run.

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The Bearcats shot 53 percent from the floor in the contest as Kyle Washington led Cincinnati with 15 points.

Bellarmine was led by Adam Eberhard with 17 points and seven rebounds. Augusta grad Brent Bach opened the game with the first three points on a corner three and finished with eight points, playing 21 minutes, grabbing two rebounds, recording two steals and an assist.

The Knights continue exhibition play with Mt. St. Joseph out of Cincinnati on Saturday at home and at Louisville on Monday before regular season play begins Nov. 10 against Saginaw Valley.

The Bearcats have Embry-Riddle on Sunday in an exhibition before opening up their season with Savannah State on Nov. 10.

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