Cumberland shares AAC’s top sixth man honor

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Jarron Cumberland continued to earn post-season honors Wednesday when he was named co-sixth man of the year by American Athletic Conference coaches.

The Wilmington High School graduate shares the honor with Ben Emelogu of Southern Methodist University.

The sixth-man award is given to the top non-starting player on a basketball team.

Cumberland (7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists), who was selected to the league’s all-rookie team on Tuesday, has provided the Bearcats a spark off the bench in his first season at the collegiate level, averaging 18.0 minutes. He enters the postseason shooting 48.4 percent (77 of 159) from the floor.

Cumberland was named rookie of the week three times during the season, including Monday. He was honored as player of the week once. He is averaging 12.0 points while shooting a team-best 54.2 percent (13 of 24) from the field during UC’s last three games.

Cumberland ranked second to Gary Clark among all Bearcats in scoring last week, averaging 12.5 points while shooting 62.5 percent (10 of 16) from the field in 23.0 minutes off the bench during UC’s two victories.

He poured in 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting during a 67-47 road win at UConn on Sunday after posting 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in a 65-47 home victory against Houston on Thursday.

Second-seed Cincinnati (27-4) will play the winner of seven-seed Tulsa vs. 10-seed Tulane in quarterfinal action of the 2017 Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Championship on Friday at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPNU and 700 WLW.

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