Cincinnati Barely Edged by Marquette, 79-76 in OT|
Feb. 21, 2010
CINCINNATI - Rashad Bishop was one of four University of Cincinnati (15-11, 6-8 BIG EAST) players to score in double figures, finishing with 17 points, but the Bearcats lost in overtime, 79-76, to Marquette (17-9, 8-6 BIG EAST) on Sunday afternoon in Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati used its 16th different starting lineup of the 2009-10 season with Yancy Gates scoring 14 points, Larry Davis adding 13, and Dion Dixon finished with 12 - the most points for him in 10 games. Ibrahima Thomas and Deonta Vaughn had a team-high six rebounds for UC.
The Bearcats made a phenomenal comeback in the first half after Marquette jumped out to a 31-21 lead thanks to a 17-0 run. The Golden Eagles held Cincinnati scoreless for 5:39 until Davis nailed a 3-pointer that sparked a 21-2 run for the Bearcats. The run gave UC a 39-31 advantage at halftime.
Marquette came out of the locker room and went on a 12-7 run, pulling within one, 46-45. UC responded with four straight points but the Golden Eagles used the next 3:46 and a 12-6 run to take their first lead of the second half with 9:41 to go, 57-56. Over the final 8:08 of the game the two teams traded leads. Davis hit a jumper and Thomas landed a free throw with 43 seconds left but with 28 seconds to go Lazar Hayward hit a 3-pointer for the Golden Eagles and UC was unable to score, sending the game into overtime tied at 67.
The two teams traded baskets in overtime until Hayward hit another 3-pointer with 2:13 to go, giving the Golden Eagles the edge they needed. Cincinnati was unable to convert at the free throw line and could not claw its way back. The Golden Eagles held on for the win, 79-76.
Marquette had two players score 20 points, Jim Butler and Darius Johnson-Odom. Hayward and Joseph Fulce each chipped in 13 points for MU.
Cincinnati will play next against DePaul on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Fifth Third Arena with a 7 p.m. tip.