Cincinnati Quiets WVU, 62-39|
Jan. 30, 2008
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Deonta Vaughn scored 18 points and Cincinnati held West Virginia to the worst shooting night in school history Wednesday night, beating the Mountaineers 62-39. The win gives UC head coach Mick Cronin a season sweep over mentors Rick Pitino and Bob Huggins.
West Virginia's 20 percent (10-of-50) shooting also was among the worst for a Huggins-coached team. The 10 field goals allowed by Cincinnati equal the fewest yielded in UC history, matching a record previously notched three times, most recently in the infamous 24-11 decision against Kentucky on Dec. 20, 1983.
John Williamson added 11 points and five caroms for the Bearcats (10-11, 5-4 BIG EAST).Darris Nichols scored a team-best 17 points for West Virginia (15-6, 4-4), which made just four field goals in the second half and went 1-for-22 from 3-point range.
Cincinnati used stifling man-to-man defense and interior dominance to force West Virginia away from the basket. Jamual Warren added nine points and six assists and plenty of pressure for the Mountaineers in 39 minutes of action.
Led by Marcus Sikes's game-high 12 rebounds, UC was relentless on the boards, outdueling WVU on the glass by a count of 47-26.
The Bearcats jumped ahead 21-7 midway through the first half, cruising to a 34-23 lead at the break. Vaughn connected on three 3-pointers in the first half to key the early surge.
The rout continued after halftime. Cincinnati used a 14-3 run to extend its lead to 50-29 with 10 minutes remaining. West Virginia never got closer than 16 afterward in its most lopsided loss in more than three seasons.