Cincinnati Defeats Rutgers, 71-59

Jan. 14, 2009

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CINCINNATI -- Junior Deonta Vaughn and senior Mike Williams led Cincinnati's comeback from a 10-minute shooting drought and a 16-point deficit Wednesday night, helping the Bearcats beat Rutgers 71-59 for its first BIG EAST victory of the season.

Cincinnati overcame a 16-point first-half deficit, marking UC's largest comeback since the Bearcats overcame a 17-point deficit to beat West Virginia on Jan. 20, 2007.

The Bearcats (11-6, 1-3 BIG EAST) overcame a grim first half as Vaughn and Williams combined for 25 straight points during the comeback. Vaughn finished with 24 points, and Williams matched his career high with 20.

Vaughn also set a career-high with eight rebounds and became the fifth player in UC history to eclipse 200 made 3-pointers in a career. Vaughn has made 201 threes in his career and is the fifth Bearcat to accomplish the feat joining Darnell Burton, Field Williams, LaZelle Durden, and Steve Logan.

For the second time in as many games, the Bearcats committed fewer than 10 turnovers as they had just six versus Rutgers, while forcing the Scarlet Knights into 17 turnovers.

Anthony Farmer scored 12 points for Rutgers (9-9, 0-5 BIG EAST), which has lost its last six games and 14 of its last 15 BIG EAST games since the end of last season.

Cincinnati missed 17 consecutive shots and went 9:25 without a field goal in the first half, when Rutgers pulled ahead 29-13. Cincinnati opened the second half with a 21-4 spurt that featured nine points by Vaughn and put the Bearcats ahead to stay, 50-40.

UC begins a three-game road stretch when it heads to Chicago, Ill. to face DePaul on Saturday, Jan. 17. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.