2008-09 Cincinnati Men's Basketball


Feb. 4, 2009

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                2008-09 CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL

Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati l Feb. 4, 2009

U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio






           Records: Cincinnati – 15-8, 5-5 BIG EAST; Notre Dame – 12-9, 3-7 BIG EAST

           With the win, UC snapped a four-game losing streak against the Fighting Irish and cut Notre Dame’s series lead to 5-2. The 93-83 victory is UC’s largest margin of victory over Notre Dame (UC won by eight, 95-87, on March 21, 1975).

           UC’s 93 points are the most points since the Bearcats scored 96 against West Virginia on Jan. 20, 2007, a total of 64 games.

           UC committed a season-low five turnovers. Cincinnati’s previous low for turnovers was six vs. Rutgers on Jan. 14.

           UC hit 10 three-pointers in the game, the most triples the Bearcats have made since landing 11 three-pointers against Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 20, 2008.

           Cincinnati shot 53.8 percent (14-of-26) in the second half, including 54.5 percent from three (6-of-11). UC held Notre Dame to 23.1 percent (3-of-13) shooting from three for the game.

           The Bearcats outscored the Fighting Irish 27-18 in bench points.

           UC connected on 31-of-41 attempts from the free line, including 22-of-31 in the second half. Cincinnati’s 31 made free throws and 41 attempted free throws are both season highs.

           Two Luke Harangody free throws cut the UC lead to three points, 53-50, with 13:26 to play, before the Bearcats went on a 13-2 run over the next 4:32 to take a 66-52 lead with 9:54 remaining.

           Trailing 43-39, with 17:35 to play in the second half, sophomore Larry Davis scored eight straight points for UC, putting the Bearcats in front, 47-45, with 15:40 to play.

           Three free throws by junior Deonta Vaughn in the final 10 seconds of the first half sent both teams into the intermission tied at 37. It is the first time this season Cincinnati has been tied entering halftime.

           Cincinnati’s 37 first-half points are its most points in the opening 20 minutes in BIG EAST play and its most since scoring 43 first-half points vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 22.

           There were seven ties and 12 lead changes in the first half.



           Vaughn and Davis scored 34 and 21 points, respectively, the first time two UC players have scored 20-plus points in a game since Providence on Jan. 7, 2009.

           Vaughn scored 16 first-half points for the Bearcats and finished with 34 points. It is Vaughn’s 18th double-figure scoring game, his seventh 20-plus point game, and his first 30-plus scoring game of the season. It is also his fifth 30-plus point scoring game of his career.

           Vaughn had his first 30-point scoring performance since he poured in 30 against Pittsburgh in the BIG EAST Tournament last season on March 12, 2008.

           Vaughn connected on a career-high 19 free throws (19-of-22), topping his previous best of 10 free throws made against Pittsburgh on January 19, 2008.

           Freshman Yancy Gates scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in the first 12:18 of the game. Gates finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, his 13th double-figure scoring game of the season.

           After scoring 17 points in his last seven games, Davis scored a career-high 21 points, his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season.

           Sophomore Darnell Wilks came off the bench and added three points, two rebounds and a career-high three assists.

           Davis became the first UC player other than Vaughn and senior Mike Williams to score 20-plus points in a game. Davis finished with 21 points. The last player to score more than 20 points for UC, other than Vaughn and Williams, was John Williamson when he scored 27 points at Pittsburgh on Feb. 27, 2008.