Men's Basketball |
Jan. 28, 2009
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CINCINNATI (JB) - Junior Deonta Vaughn scored 20 points, and Cincinnati defeated its first ranked opponent of the season with a 65-57 win over No. 25/23 Georgetown University on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati improved to 14-7 overall , surpassing its win total from a season ago, and 4-4 in the BIG EAST.
Chris Wright scored 15 points for Georgetown (12-7; 3-5 BIG EAST), which saw its usually dependable defense fold down the stretch. Cincinnati shot 45.8 percent from the field.
Neither team could put together much of a run until Cincinnati went on an 11-2 run in the final 4:10 of the game to earn the eight-point victory.
Vaughn and freshman Dion Dixon combined to score 22 of UC's 38 second-half points, as Dixon scored all 10 of his points in the final 20 minutes.
Omar Wattad and Nikita Mescheriakov hit 3-pointers to cut Cincinnati's lead to 27-26 at halftime and gave the Hoyas a sense that they were finally shooting their way out of their slump. In the last two games, Georgetown went 5-for-38 from behind the arc.
The second half settled into the same tight pace, with each basket bringing another lead change or tie over a six-minute span. Both teams tried something different on defense to try to change the pace--Cincinnati went to a full-court press, Georgetown to a 2-3 zone defense.
Freshman Yancy Gates' tip-in and Vaughn's two free throws put Cincinnati ahead 54-49 with 6:02 left, the biggest lead by either team in the second half up to that point. That lead didn't last long, either, taking it down to the final minute.
Gates made one-of-two free throws for a 61-57 lead with 45 seconds to go. After Austin Freeman missed a 3-pointer, Mike Williams and Vaughn finished it off with free throws.
UC hits the road on Sunday, Feb. 1, when it travels to No. 21 Villanova for a Noon tip. The game will be televised on the BIG EAST Network.