Men's Basketball Defeated By Providence 87-79

Jan. 7, 2009

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CINCINNATI -- Junior Deonta Vaughn and senior Mike Wiliiams scored 20 points apiece, but a late 3-pointer by Providence College sent the Friars to an 87-79 win over the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team Wednesday night at Fifth Third Arena. Providence improved to 3-0 in BIG EAST play, while UC fell to 0-2 in conference action.

Weyinmi Efejuku led a balanced Providence scoring attack with 18 points, while Sharaud Curry added 15 points and Jonathan Kale chipped in with 10 as Providence extended its winning streak to four.

After the Bearcats cut a nine-point deficit to two, Providence's Jeff Xavier hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left in the game to finish with 12 points. Williams and Vaughn became the first Bearcat duo to score 20-plus points in a game since Feb. 27, 2008, when John Williamson and Deonta Vaughn scored 27 and 24 points, respectively, versus Pittsburgh. Williams' 20 points was a career-high, eclipsing his 17 points scored versus UAB on Dec. 6, 2008.

Vaughn and freshman Yancy Gates led UC in rebounding with seven apiece. Vaughn's seven rebounds equaled his career-high, while sophomore Rashad Bishop pulled down six boards. Bishop also tied a season-high with 11 points and dished out a career-high tying six assists.

Cincinnati plays its second game of a three-game homestand on Saturday when No.5/5 Connecticut rolls into Fifth Third Arena for a 4:30 p.m. tip. The game will be televised on the BIG EAST Network. .