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Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin on the loss to OSU
Kareem Elgazzar, kelgazzar@enquirer.com

It took 98 years for Ohio State to come back to Cincinnati and play the Bearcats in men’s basketball. The long-awaited return of the Buckeyes and the grand reopening of Fifth Third Arena did not go well for the home team.

UC shot just 27.4 percent from the field and lost 64-56 on Wednesday night. Jarron Cumberland led UC with 22 points, all after halftime. Cumberland was the only Bearcat to score in double figures.

“It hurts a lot,” a somber Cumberland said. “I don’t like losing, period. It doesn’t matter if it was the first game or the last game, I don’t want to lose.”

Kaleb Wesson led a balanced OSU scoresheet with 15 points, as the Buckeyes shot 42.6 percent from the floor. A sellout crowd of 12,012 watched the season opener.

“I give Ohio State credit,” UC coach Mick Cronin said. “Again, I appreciate them playing. I think the game’s great for both of us.”

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