Postgame Notes: Cincinnati at Connecticut

Feb. 13, 2010

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Cincinnati 60, at Connecticut 48 l Feb. 13, 2010

XL Center – Hartford, Conn.





         Records: Cincinnati - 15-9; 6-6 BIG EAST; Connecticut – 14-11; 4-8 BIG EAST.

         Cincinnati picks up the season sweep of Connecticut and is now 2-6 vs. the Huskies all-time, including a 1-1 mark in Hartford.

         After holding Connecticut scoreless for a 10-minute stretch from the end of the first half to middle of the second and building up a 15-point lead, Cincinnati held on for a 60-48 win at the XL Center.

         UConn’s, which averaged 72.2 points per game heading into today, was held to 48 points, its lowest point total since a 46-40 win over Villanova on Feb. 11, 2002.

         After trailing 20-14 with 3:53 left in the first half, the Bearcats closed the opening period on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 22 going into the intermission. Vaughn led the Bearcats with six points in the first half while Ibrahima Thomas pulled down a team-best six rebounds.

         Thanks to 11 first-half offensive rebounds, the Bearcats outrebounded the Huskies, 21-17, in the first period and got off 31 shots compared to UConn’s 22. Both teams connected on nine shots for 29 and 40.9 percent shooting, respectively. The Bearcats were 12-of-25 (.480) from the field in the second half and UConn was 9-for-30 (.300).

         UC, which had a -6.0 turnover margin in BIG EAST road games heading into today, forced nine UConn turnovers in the first half while giving the ball up five times itself. UC ended the game with a +2 turnover margin (16-14) despite six miscues in the final three minutes that allowed UConn to cut the lead to six points, 52-46 with 1:23 to play.

         Deonta Vaughn went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line and Lance Stephenson took a feed from Vaughn for an easy lay up to cement the win for UC over the final 1:11 of the game.

         The Bearcats dominated the boards vs. UConn, 46-32, including 19-12 on the offensive glass. It is the seventh time this season UC has grabbed 45 or more rebounds in a game.

         Cincinnati opened the second half on an 8-1 run over the first two and a half minutes thanks to five points from freshman guard Lance Stephenson, who had just four points in the first half. The run put UC up, 30-23.

         Bearcats held UConn without a basket the final 2:47 of the first half and first 11:30 minutes of the second half for a combined stretch of 10:17. UC outscored UConn 19-5 during the run.



         Freshman Lance Stephenson posted his eighth double-digit scoring game in 12 BIG EAST Conference games, posting a team-high and game-high tying 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He also added five rebounds and one assist.

         Junior forward Ibrahima Thomas had a career game for the Bearcats scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. It was his first double-double at UC and the first by a Bearcat since Yancy Gates had 11 points and 13 rebounds at home vs. Notre Dame on Jan. 16. Thomas now has 23 points and 18 rebounds in his last two games.

         Sophomore guard Dion Dixon, who was scoreless in UC’s last four games, scored six points in a three-minute stretch in the second half that put UC up, 51-36, its largest lead of the game.

         Despite playing just 21 minutes, senior center Steve Toyloy posted eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. He also pitched in four points, a steal, and a block.

         Senior guard Deonta Vaughn scored 10 points in the game for UC including a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw stripe. He also dished our four assists and made two steals.

        Vaughn’s start today moved him past Dwight Jones (1979-83) for first on the career start list. He also moved into second place in minutes played, sliding past Steve Logan (1988-02).