Cincinnati Falls To No. 5 Connecticut, 81-72

Jan. 10, 2009

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CINCINNATI  -- Junior Deonta Vaughn posted 19 points and senior Mike Williams racked up 14 to keep the University of Cincinnati's men's basketball team within striking distance of No. 5/5 University of Connecticut, but the Huskies used a 13-4 run midway through the second half to defeat the Bearcats, 81-72, Saturday afternoon in Fifth Third Arena.  



A.J. Price hit 5-of-8 3-pointers and scored 22 points and the Huskies (14-1, 3-1 Big East) improved to 7-0 on the road while shooting 58 percent from the field. Jeff Adrien added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Jerome Dyson had 12 points.  


Freshman Yancy Gates added 12 points and for Cincinnati (10-6, 0-3 BIG EAST), while Williams scored 14 points, marking the first back-to-back double-figure scoring games of his career after scoring 20 points against Providence on Jan. 7.


Ahead by three points, 55-52, with 10:18 remaining, UConn went on a 13-4 run over the next 4:04 to take a 12-point lead, 68-56, which proved to be too much to overcome for the Bearcats. 

UConn, which pulled down 31 rebounds, held the Bearcats to a season-low 26 boards. Gates led the Red and black and was followed by Williams with seven. UConn's Hasheem Thabeet, who was averaging 10.7 rebounds a contest heading into the game, was held to three rebounds, one short of his season low of two which he posted vs. Gonzaga on Dec. 20.


Cincinnati concludes its three-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 14, when Rutgers makes its way into Fifth Third Arena for a 7:30 p.m. start.