2008-09 Cincinnati Men's Basketball

Feb. 1, 2009

Recap |  Box Score


Cincinnati at No. 21/21 Villanova l Feb. 1, 2009

The Pavillion – Villanova, Pa.








           Records: Cincinnati – 14-8, 4-5 BIG EAST; Villanova – 17-4, 5-3 BIG EAST

           Villanova upped its series advantage to 4-1 all-time vs. Cincinnati.

           UC dropped to 4-8 on the season when trailing at halftime.

           Villanova outscored Cincinnati 41-21 in the second half to defeat Cincinnati 71-50. The Wildcats shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field in the second half, while the Bearcats shot 18.2 percent in the second half (6-of-33).

           The Bearcats fell to 10-1 on the season when making seven-plus 3-pointers in a game. UC finished 8-of-31 (25.8 percent) from three.

           Cincinnati committed 18 turnovers vs. Villanova, its most turnovers since committing 20 turnovers vs. Memphis on Dec. 29, 2008.

           After a sophomore Alvin Mitchell lay-up with 13:16 remaining cut the Bearcat deficit to six points, 45-39, the Bearcats went scoreless over the next 6:07 and the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run to take a 57-39 lead with 7:09 to play.

           The first half was a see-saw battle with 12 ties and four lead changes.

           Cincinnati outscored Villanova 18-7 in first-half bench points. For the game, Cincinnati’s bench outscored Villanova, 35-24.

           After starting the first half 0-of-6 from the field, Cincinnati finished the opening 20 minutes 11-of-20 from the field. The Bearcats were 5-of-15 from three in the opening half, while Villanova was 0-of-6 from deep.

           Over the final 3:56 of the first half, Villanova went on an 11-3 run to take a 30-29 lead entering intermission.

           Trailing 18-17, UC went on a 9-1 run from the 6:41 mark to the 5:08 mark to go on top, 26-19, in the opening half.

           A 3-pointer by freshman Dion Dixon with 15:16 to play in the first half was Cincinnati’s first points, as the Bearcats took a 3-2 lead.




           Mitchell scored 15 points of the bench for Cincinnati. It is Mitchell’s fourth double-figure scoring game this season and his first since scoring 16 vs. Charleston Southern on Dec. 15.

           Freshman Yancy Gates scored nine points and added seven rebounds off the bench vs. the Wildcats.

           Junior Deonta Vaughn finished with eight points, marking the fifth time this season he has been held to under 10 points in a game.

           Dixon scored six of UC’s first eight points as the Bearcats and Wildcats were tied, 8-8, with 11:34 to play in the opening half.