Men's Basketball |
Feb. 14, 2009
2008-09 CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL
Cincinnati at No. 4/4 Pittsburgh l Feb. 14, 2009
Petersen Events Center – Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Records: Cincinnati – 17-9, 7-6 BIG EAST; Pittsburgh – 23-2, 10-2 BIG EAST
• Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 85-69, making the all-time series 7-6 in Cincinnati’s favor.
• Pittsburgh shot 67.4 percent from the field for the game, while UC shot 51.9 percent. Pitt’s 67.4 shooting percentage tied a school record for single-game field goal percentage and the Bearcats lost their first game of the season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field (4-1). It is the Bearcats’ first loss when shooting 50 percent or above from the field since shooting 50.0 percent in a 71-70 loss to Providence on Feb. 6, 2007.
• UC fell to 5-9 on the season when trailing at the half.
• Cincinnati had a season-low 24 rebounds for the game, marking the second time this season it has been held to less than 30 rebounds in a game. UC was held to 26 rebounds in an 81-72 loss to Connecticut on Jan. 10.
• The Bearcats were outscored 12-2 in fastbreak points and 18-7 in points off turnovers.
• Cincinnati’s bench outscored Pitt 25-18.
• UC closed within five points, 54-49, with 13:12 to play, before Pittsburgh went on a 9-0 run over the next 2:45 to take a 63-49 lead with 10:27 to play.
• The Bearcats hit six of their first nine shots to open the second half, cutting its deficit to eight points, 51-43, with 16:27 on the clock.
• Pittsburgh forced Cincinnati into eight first-half turnovers resulting in 13 points off turnovers. Pitt also outscored UC 10-0 in fastbreak points.
• UC had a balanced scoring attack in the opening 20 minutes as seven Bearcat players scored and five players had four or more points.
• Cincinnati entered the half trailing 43-32 as the Panthers shot 72 percent (18-of-25) from the field in the first half, while the Bearcats shot 56 percent (14-of-25) from the floor.
• For the second straight game, Cincinnati shot over 50 percent from the field in the first half.
• After a freshman Dion Dixon lay-up with 11:13 to play in the first half cut Pittsburgh’s lead to two points, 16-14, Pitt went on a 19-6 run over the next 6:53 to take a 35-22 lead with 4:20 to play in the first half.
• Sophomore guard Larry Davis scored seven consecutive points over a 1:09 stretch in the second half to help UC close within single-digits with 16:00 to play. Davis finished with 13 points, his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season.
• Senior Mike Williams scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, marking his 14th double-figure scoring game this season. Williams also added five rebounds.
• Dixon added 10 points off the bench for the Bearcats, his eighth double-figure scoring game of the year.
• Sophomore Alvin Mitchell scored all nine of his points in the second half off of three 3-pointers.
• Junior Deonta Vaughn was held to nine points, the sixth time this season he has been held under 10 points in a game.
• Freshman Yancy Gates was held to four points and a season-low one rebound.
• Levance Fields finished with 13 assists vs. the Bearcats, marking the first time since Jan. 14, 2007 that a player has had 10-plus assists vs. UC (Chris Howard (USF) - 10 – 1/14/07).