St. John's Tops Cincinnati, 70-58|
Jan. 5, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - The Cincinnati Bearcats, who had won back-to-back games coming into tonight's contest, dropped a 70-58 decision at St. John's in Carnesecca Arena despite a 24-point performance by sophomore Deonta Vaughn.
Cincinnati (6-8, 1-1 BIG EAST) and St. John's (7-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) battled back and forth throughout the first half and Vaughn hit a jumper at 3:53 of the first half to give the Bearcats a 20-19 lead. St. John's Larry Wright made a pair of 3 pointers to spark a run that put the Red Storm in front, 33-22, with eight seconds left before the break.
To start the second-half, a three-point play by John Williamson, who had 12 points, and a 3-pointer by Vaughn powered Cincinnati's 11-6 run that brought the Bearcats within 39-33 at 16:46 of the second half. After missing a 3-point attempt a little over a minute later, UC let the Red Storm recapture the momentum in the game and St. John's went on a 9-1 run, never letting UC within eight points the rest of the way.
SJU's Anthony Mason, Jr. provided the Red Storm offense the extra punch it needed in the second half, scoring 12 of his 17 points.
Mason finished 7-of-14 in the game paralleling the Red Storm's 51.1 percent shooting from the field compared to UC's 43.1 percent. Cincinnati committed 18 turnovers in the game, its third-highest total of the year.
Cincinnati returns home on Wednesday to take on Syracuse in its home BIG EAST opener at Fifth Third Arena. Tipoff for the game is slated for 8 p.m.