UC 36, Vandy 24 (first half thoughts)

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Starting lineup: Cashmere Wright, Deonta Vaughn, Lance Stephenson, Yancy Gates and Rashad Bishop.

Disappointed not to see Mick Cronin in a Hawaiian shirt. And neither is Kevin Stallings. Maybe Sean Miller will do it?

Rashad Bishop continues to be aggressive. He hits an 18-footer from the top of the key. Then, a layup.

Vaughn picks up two fouls early, and he's out of the game. Larry Davis replaces him.

A bad-looking shot from Stephenson.

Everybody not named Rashad Bishop is 0 for 6 so far until Dion Dixon banks one in.

UC 6, Vandy 4 (15:40 to go)

Vandy has a penchant so  far for grabbing offensive rebounds. Fortunately for UC, Vandy isn't shooting the ball well. One of 8 so far for the 'Dores.

Excellent rebounded dunk by Bishop.

Stephenson has been a bit sloppy lately. But Gates bails him out with a rebounded dunk.

Vandy goes a little less than 6 minutes without scoring a point. During that time, the 'Dores missed seven shots and two FTs.

Ogilve picks up his second foul with 12 minutes to play. That's not a good thing for Vandy.

To make matters worse, Gates nails a long jumper just inside the 3-point line.

UC 18, Vandy 6 (10:45 to go)

Vandy starts 1 for 13 from the floor.

Bishop picks up his second foul with 9:39 to play.

Ogilve will have to be careful. UC's guards have been driving for shots, and now that he's got two fouls and he's back in the game, he can't afford to be too physical.

UC 27, Vandy 13 (7:30 to go)

Dion Dixon picks up his second foul with 7:15 to go.

Vandy goes with a little 1-2-2 zone, and UC has had trouble running its offense the last couple trips down the court. But the Bearcats defense continues to impress. The hustle of Wright and Dixon is helping as well.

The lead is slowly evaporating.

UC 31, Vandy 24 (3:30 to go)

Nice job by Larry Davis to take that offensive foul on Taylor. Vandy had a ton of momentum, but Davis helped blunt that. That's Vandy's 11th turnover.

Bad shots the ricochet hard off the rim allows UC to pull down a couple offensive rebounds.

That zone defense by Vandy has been really good, but Dixon hits a 3 to make the lead 10. Then, Vandy goes back to man defense and Wright hits a short jumper with 4 seconds to play.

Gates leads the way with 12 points, eight rebounds. Dixon nine points, three rebounds.

UC 36, Vandy 24 (half)

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