Postgame Quotes - Notre Dame at Cincinnati


Men's Basketball |

Jan. 16, 2010

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Notre Dame at Cincinnati l Jan. 16, 2010

Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio





          Records: Cincinnati - 12-6; 3-3 BIG EAST; Notre Dame – 14-4; 3-2 BIG EAST.

          A sophomore Yancy Gates tip-in with two seconds to play gave Cincinnati a 60-58 win over Notre Dame.

          With the win, the Bearcats are now 3-5 all-time against the Irish and 2-1 against Notre Dame in Fifth Third Arena. The win also gives the Bearcats back-to-back wins against the Irish for the first time in series history.

          UC earned the victory in front of the largest crowd of the season – 11,589.

          Coming into the contest, the Irish shot 49.6 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from behind-the-arc. Cincinnati held Notre Dame to 40.7 percent (22-of-54) shooting from the floor, including 29.4 percent (5-of-17) from three. The 29.4 percent from behind-the-arc is Notre Dame’s second lowest 3-point shooting percentage in a game this season and its lowest in BIG EAST play.

          The Bearcats outrebounded the Irish, 50-31, and improved to 11-3 when outrebounding its opponents. The 50 rebounds mark the third time this season Cincinnati has grabbed 50-plus rebounds in a game, with the last coming against Xavier (52 rebounds) on Dec. 13. UC is 2-1 on the season when grabbing 50-plus rebounds in a game.

          Cincinnati converted 13-of-18 (72.2 percent) of its free-throw attempts, while the Irish made just 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) attempts from the charity stripe.

          UC committed just eight turnovers tying its second-lowest total this season. UC committed just six turnovers against Gonzaga (Nov. 25) and eight against Pittsburgh (Jan. 4).

          Cincinnati outscored the Irish 16-2 in second-chance points.

          The Bearcats bench also outscored Notre Dame’s, 25-8.

          A 12-3 run out of the half by the Bearcats gave Cincinnati a 37-35 lead with 16:12 remaining in the second half.

          Notre Dame closed out the first half scoring four points in the last minute giving Notre Dame a 32-25 lead entering halftime.

          Cincinnati shot just 29.4 percent (10-of-34) from the field in the first half compared to 40.0 percent (12-of-30) for Notre Dame.

          Both teams took care of the ball in the opening half as UC committed just four turnovers compared to two for ND.

          In the first half, UC held Notre Dame to just one offensive rebound and collected seven of its own.

          The Bearcats responded with a 12-2 run from the 17:10 mark to the 12:46 mark, placing UC in front, 12-9.

          Cincinnati missed its first four shots from the floor and the Fighting Irish connected on three of their first five to take a 7-0 lead 2:37 into the game.



          Senior Deonta Vaughn scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds. The double-figure scoring performance is Vaughn’s 10th of the season.

          The Gates tip-in with two seconds to play gave the Cincinnati native his fourth double-double of the season. Gates finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

          Gates and senior Steve Toyloy combined to hold Notre Dame All-American Luke Harangody to a season-low 14 points on 5-of-20 shooting from the floor.

          Junior Rashad Bishop and senior Deonta Vaughn combined to score Cincinnati’s first 12 points of the second half to give UC a 37-35 at the 16:12 mark of the second half. Bishop was one of three Bearcats players to score in double-figures with 10 points.

          Sophomore Yancy Gates and junior Darnell Wilks each grabbed seven rebounds in the first half to pace the Bearcats. Wilks posted a career-high eight rebounds.



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