2008-09 Cincinnati Men's Basketball

Jan. 19, 2009

Recap |  Box Score


Cincinnati at Providence l Jan. 19, 2009

Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, R.I.








           Records: Cincinnati – 12-7, 2-4 BIG EAST; Providence – 12-6, 4-2 BIG EAST

           Providence owns a 4-1 lead in the all-time series vs. Cincinnati.

           Providence defeated the Bearcats, 72-63, giving Providence its second win over UC this season.

           UC went 3-of-4 from the free throw line vs. Providence. Cincinnati’s four free throw attempts are the fewest free throw attempts since attempting four vs. West Virginia on Feb. 4, 2006. The three made free throws are UC’s fewest since Jan. 29, 2002 vs. East Carolina (3-of-10).

           The Friars notched 13 steals compared to two for the Bearcats. The 13 steals by Providence are the most by a Cincinnati opponent this season.

           Cincinnati’s bench outscored Providence’s bench 31-23. UC is now 10-2 this season when outscoring its opponent’s bench.

           Four straight freshman Dion Dixon 3-pointers capped of a 14-4 Bearcat run over a 3:34 span, cutting their deficit to eight points, 63-56, with 2:31 remaining in the second half.

           Senior Mike Williams scored eight of Cincinnati’s first nine points of the second half as UC tied the game at 38-38 with 14:37, but Providence answered with a 21-4 run over the next 8:20 to open up a 59-42 lead with 6:17 remaining.

           Providence outscored Cincinnati 14-2 in points off turnovers in the first half.

           A 7-2 Providence run in the final 2:02 of the first half gave the Friars a 32-29 lead entering halftime.

           A junior Deonta Vaughn jumper with 5:35 to play in the first gave UC a 27-25 lead, its first lead since jumping ahead 2-0.





           Williams put in a career-high 21 points, his third 20-plus point performance in the last five games. Williams has scored in double figures in five consecutive games and 10 times this season. Williams also went 1-for-1 from behind the arc, marking the first made and attempted 3-pointer of his career. Williams also added a team-best tying seven rebounds.

           Dixon scored a career-high tying 14 points on a career-best four 3-pointers, his fifth double-figure scoring game this season and his first since scoring 11 points vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 22.

           Freshman Yancy Gates scored 14 points, his 11th double-figure scoring game this season. Gates scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half and also grabbed seven rebounds.

           Vaughn scored six points, marking the fourth time this season that Vaughn has scored under 10 points in a game.

Gates and Williams combined to score 11 of Cincinnati’s first 13 points.