2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball

Jan. 10, 2010

Recap |  Box Score

              2009-10 CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL

Cincinnati at Seton Hall l Jan. 9, 2010

Prudential Center – Newark, N.J.







          Records: Cincinnati - 11-5; 2-2 BIG EAST; Seton Hall – 10-5; 1-3 BIG EAST.

          The Pirates hit their free throws in the final minute to close out the 83-76 win over the Bearcats.

          With the win, Seton Hall has now won three straight over Cincinnati and the Pirates now lead the all-time series 6-5.

          UC shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the floor, which is the second straight game that UC has shot over 50 percent from the floor. Seton Hall shot 50 percent (28-of-56) from the field, marking the first time this season that a team has shot 50 percent from the floor against the Bearcats.

          The Pirates connected on 21-of-24 attempts from the free throw line compared to just 9-of-11 attempts for the Bearcats. The 81.8 free throw percentage for Cincinnati is its highest of the season.

          UC fell to 10-2 on the season when outrebounding its opponent. The Bearcats outrebounded the Pirates 34-22.

          After scoring 56 bench points in a win over Cal State Bakersfield, UC’s bench contributed just 19 points against Seton Hall. The Pirates outscored UC 24-12 in points off turnovers.

           Trailing 74-62 with 3:52 left in the game, UC made one last surge as a freshman Cashmere Wright lay-up cut the deficit to five with 2:15 remaining, before a senior Deonta Vaughn trey made it 76-72 with 1:07 to play.

          An 8-0 Pirates spurt to midway through the second half gave SHU its largest lead of the contest, 68-53, with 8:07 remaining in regulation.

          A sophomore Yancy Gates dunk gave the Bearcats its largest lead of the game, 26-14, with 11:13 left in the opening half, but Seton Hall outscored Cincinnati 25-4 over the final 11:13 to take a 39-30 lead into the intermission.

          Cincinnati connected on six of its first seven attempts from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers by Vaughn, to take a 17-9 lead with 15:37 left in the first half.



          Vaughn finished with a game-high 20 points, his first 20-point scoring effort of the season. Vaughn also hit a season-best six 3-pointers.

          With his 20 points and 35 minutes played, Vaughn moved past Louis Banks for seventh on UC’s all-time scoring list and into third on UC’s career minutes played chart. Vaughn also moved into third on UC’s career starts list making his 105th career start.

          Vaughn has made 18 of his last 32 (56.3 percent) 3-point field goals over the last six games compared to 25.8 percent (16-of-62) shooting from three over his first 10 games.

          Freshman Lance Stephenson added 15 points and has now scored in double-figures in all four of Cincinnati’s BIG EAST games.

          Gates added 14 points and five rebounds, while junior Ibrahima Thomas scored 10 points and also grabbed five rebounds.

          Stephenson and Gates combined to score Cincinnati’s first 10 points out of halftime.

          Vaughn led UC out of the gates and scored nine of UC’s first 17 points.