2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball

Jan. 30, 2010

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              2009-10 CINCINNATI MEN'S BASKETBALL

Providence at Cincinnati l Jan. 30, 2010

Fifth Third Arena - Cincinnati, Ohio





          Records: Cincinnati - 14-7; 5-4 BIG EAST; Providence - 12-9; 4-5 BIG EAST.

          Providence outscored Cincinnati 21-11 in the final 2:45, but a free throw by freshman Jaquon Parker with five seconds left sealed the 92-88 win for Cincinnati.

          UC improved to 2-4 all-time against PC and the Bearcats are now 2-2 when playing the Friars in Cincinnati.

          The 5-4 start in BIG EAST play matches the Bearcats' best start in league play through nine games since joining the conference. The 2007-08 Cincinnati squad also started 5-4 through nine conference contests.

          The 92 points are UC's most points in a game in BIG EAST action this season and ties for its second-most points this season. The 92 points are Cincinnati's most points in a BIG EAST game since scoring 93 vs. Notre Dame on Feb. 4, 2009.

          Cincinnati finished 8-of-18 from three, giving UC its most made 3-pointers in back-to-back games this season (The Bearcats finished 10-of-20 against Louisville in its last outing).

          Cincinnati outscored Providence 40-32 in points in the paint, marking the sixth time this season UC has scored 40-plus points in the paint.

          The Bearcats made 20-of-41 free throws compared to 9-of-18 for the Friars. Cincinnati is now 8-0 on the season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.

          After shooting 50 percent (8-of-16) from behind-the-arc in the first half, UC held Providence to 27.8 percent (5-of-18) shooting from 3-point range in the second half. The Friars 34 3-point attempts tie for fourth in UC single-game history for most attempted treys by an opponent.

          The Bearcats outrebounded the Friars 38-33. UC is now 12-4 on the season when outrebounding its opponents.

          The 17 assists for Cincinnati are its most in BIG EAST action this season. The Bearcats previous best was 16 against Connecticut on Dec. 30.

          The 48 points by the Bearcats in the second half are their most points scored in a half in BIG EAST play this season. The 44 points by the Friars in both halves tie for the most points allowed by Cincinnati in a half this year.

          A 16-1 Bearcats run from the 12:16 mark to the 8:02 mark reversed a three-point UC deficit into a five-point lead, 73-61.

          UC hit its first two shots of the second half, including a 3-pointer, giving Cincinnati a 49-44 lead with 18:59 to play. The lead was the Bearcats' largest of the night to that point.

          A free throw by freshman Cashmere Wright with four seconds sent both teams into halftime with the score tied at 44.

          UC shot 51.6 percent (17-of-33) from the floor in the first 20 minutes compared to 50 percent (17-of-34) for Providence.

          Both teams took care of the ball in the opening half as UC committed three turnovers and Providence committed five.

          Trailing 24-16 with 13:19 to play of the first half, UC went on an 11-3 run over the next 4:35 to tie the game at 27 with 8:43 to play. Six of the 11 points came from junior Darnell Wilks.

          Both teams combined to shoot 15-of-16 from the field (UC, 6-of-6; PC, 9-of-10) over the opening 6:06 of the game as the Friars led 24-16 with 13:54 to play.



          Five players scored in double figures led by Wright's career-high 24 points. His 24 points are the most by a Cincinnati player this season and the most by a Bearcat against Providence in series history.

          Wright set a new career high with 13 points in the first half (5-of-7 shooting). Wright finished with 24 points, his second straight double-figure scoring effort. The 24 points marked his first career 20-point game and the sixth by a UC player this year.

          Wright also set career-highs in made 3-pointers (3), steals (3), and tied a career-high with five assists.

          Junior Rashad Bishop added 16 points, his sixth double-figure scoring game of season. Bishop connected on three 3-pointers, tying a career high.

          After scoring four points in his last five games, Wilks scored 10 points against the Friars, his second double-figure scoring game of the season. His other came against Texas Southern (12/1), where he scored 12 points.

          Freshman Lance Stephenson and senior Deonta Vaughn also chipped in 12 points apiece. Stephenson also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

          Wright and Bishop combined to hit UC's first six shots and scored 15 of the Bearcats first 16 points in the opening 5:30.