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Cumberland leads Cincinnati over pesky Georgia State 68-53

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin likes using boxing references to describe his team's hard-nosed style.

The Bearcats waited until the final few rounds to deliver a knockout punch Friday.

Jarron Cumberland set career highs with 27 points and 11 rebounds as Cincinnati recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the second half to beat pesky Georgia State 68-53 in the NCAA Tournament.

"The key to our defense has been it's almost like a 15-round fight," Cronin said. "We feel the other team out. We make adjustments, and the kids do a great job with it. They step up their defensive intensity."

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