Records: Cincinnati - 12-6, 2-3 BIG EAST; DePaul - 8-10, 0-5 BIG EAST
Two free throws by junior Deonta Vaughn with four seconds to play put the Bearcats in front, 59-55, and that would be the final score. Those two free throws were Vaughn's only second-half points.
The win snapped Cincinnati's four-game BIG EAST road losing streak. UC's last BIG EAST road win was a 72-68 overtime win vs. Rutgers on Feb. 9, 2008.
Cincinnati improved to 30-14 in the all-time series vs. DePaul and the series is tied at 10 games apiece when playing in Chicago.
The Bearcats outrebounded DePaul 35-24. DePaul's 24 tied for the fewest rebounds allowed by Cincinnati this season.
Cincinnati collected 11 steals in the game, marking the second time this season UC has notched 10-plus steals in a game.
UC improved to 9-0 when leading at the half.
After shooting 46.3 percent (13-of-28) from the field in the first half, the Bearcats shot 31.5 percent (6-of-19) in the second half.
DePaul went on a 14-1 run from the 6:02 mark to the 2:14 mark to close within two points, 55-53.
After a senior Mike Williams jumper put UC in front 43-32 with 15:24 to play, the Bearcats went scoreless for the next 4:57 before a sophomore Alvin Mitchell three-pointer kick-started an 11-2 run over the next 3:20, pushing the Cincinnati lead to 54-39 with 7:07 to play.
UC shot 70 percent (7-of-10) from three in and registered seven steals the first half.
Four points in the final 25 seconds of the first half by freshman Yancy Gates gave Cincinnati a 36-25 lead heading into halftime. The 11-point halftime lead was the first time in the past six games that the Bearcats held a lead at intermission.
Trailing 15-9 with 11:41 to play in the first half, UC went on a 20-2 run to take a 29-17 lead with 4:02 remaining in the opening stanza.
Williams scored 13 points, his fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game. Williams also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Vaughn hit four of his first five shots, all of which were three-pointers, and scored 13 of UC's 22 points of the game. Vaughn scored 16 first-half points and finished with a game-high 18 points. Vaughn hit five 3-pointers, which tied a season-high.
Vaughn's 18 points marked his fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game and his eighth 10-plus scoring effort in the last nine games.
Junior Steve Toyloy earned his second start of the season. Toyloy finished with seven points, six rebounds and a season-high three steals.