Cincinnati senior Gary Clark scored 11 points before Wyoming scored one Wednesday night in the championship game of the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic in George Town, Grand Cayman. He scored 13 points before Wyoming made a field goal.
Clark finished with just 17 total points, but the No. 12 Bearcats never looked back in their 78-53 win over Wyoming, which suffered its first loss of the year.
The Cowboys (4-1) were without junior Justin James, a preseason all-Mountain West guard, who left Wyoming's Tuesday win over Louisiana with a bloody nose and did not return. James was on the sidelines in street clothes.
Wyoming shot 31.3 percent in the game, while Cincinnati made half its shots. The Bearcats began the game with an 11-0 run, all by Clark, before Lou Adams hit two free throws at 13:45. Adams had Wyoming's first field goal with a layup at 10:34, which made the game 20-4. The Cowboys never got back within single digits.
Hayden Dalton led Wyoming with 15 points, and Alan Herndon and Adams each scored 12. Dalton and Adams were named to the all-tournament team.
Cincinnati (6-0) had four players in double figures, led by Clark's 17 and Kyle Washington's 16.
The Cowboys had beaten South Dakota State in the first round of the three-day tournament. The Bearcats beat Buffalo and Richmond.
It is the second straight season Wyoming has reached the championship of a regular-season tournament only to lose to a ranked team. The Cowboys lost in overtime to No. 23 Southern California last year in the Las Vegas Classic.
Wyoming hosts New Mexico Highlands at 4 p.m. Sunday.