Tulane struggles to 97-75 loss at Cincinnati _lowres

Associated Press photo by Gary Landers -- Tulane forward Dylan Osetkowski drives to the basket against Bearcats forward Gary Clark during the second half Sunday in Cincinnati. Osetkowski scored nine points and had 10 rebounds in the Green Wave's 97-75 loss.

CINCINNATI — Shaq Thomas and Gary Clark scored 17 points each, and Cincinnati cruised by Tulane 97-75 on Sunday to give coach Mick Cronin his 200th men’s college basketball victory with the Bearcats.

Cronin is 200-124 in 10 seasons at Cincinnati, second only to Bob Huggins (399).

Farad Cobb added 16 points, and Troy Caupain had nine assists for the Bearcats, who hit their first 11 attempts and shot 56.5 percent, including making 11-of-21 from 3-point range.

The Bearcats (15-6, 5-3 American Athletic Conference) turned 19 Tulane turnovers into 27 points and outscored the Green Wave 40-20 in the paint.

Cincinnati led from the opening minute and had a 22-point lead only six minutes into the game after a 16-0 run.

The Bearcats led 49-27 at halftime and were up by 80-40 with just under 10 minutes left.

Malik Morgan made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 points for the Green Wave (8-13, 1-7), who have lost three straight.

Freshman Von Julien added 12 points, going 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

Sophomore Dylan Osetkowski scored nine points and had 10 rebounds.

Tulane will host South Florida at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Devlin Fieldhouse.