Postgame Notes: West Virginia at Cincinnati


Feb. 26, 2009


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West Virginia vs. Cincinnati l Feb. 26, 2009

Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio






           Records: Cincinnati – 18-10; 8-7 BIG EAST; West Virginia – 19-9; 8-7 BIG EAST

           With the 65-61 win over West Virginia, UC pushed its win streak to two, improved to 10-6 all-time, 6-1 at home, and 3-1 against the Mountaineers under head coach Mick Cronin.

           With the win, Cincinnati improved to 8-7 in the BIG EAST, which equals the most conference wins since joining the BIG EAST during the 2005-06 season. The Bearcats won eight BIG EAST games during the 2005-06 season and during the 2007-08 season.

           The Bearcats forced the Mountaineers to shoot 19 percent from the 3-point line, up 14.5 percent from West Virginia’s .045 three-point field goal percentage against Cincinnati last season.

           UC is now 6-10 when trailing at the half and improved to 3-0 on the year when recording the same number of rebounds as its opponent.

           Cincinnati had its highest rebounding performance (37) since its 93-83 victory over Notre Dame on Feb. 4. The Bearcats pulled down 37 rebounds against the Irish.

           UC outscored WVU, 31-16, in bench points.

           Trailing by four points, 42-38, with 14:49 remaining, the Bearcats went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:54 to take a 51-42 lead with 9:28 to play.

           West Virginia took a 33-32 lead into the half as the Mountaineers shot 41.9 percent (13-of-31) from the field. Cincinnati shot 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field.

           UC used a 9-0 run from the 7:08 mark to the 4:01 mark to jump back on top, 28-27.

           West Virginia went on a 15-2 run over a 3:59 stretch to take a 27-19 lead with 8:24 to play in the first half.

           From the 16:13 mark to the 12:46 mark of the first half, UC went on a 13-2 run to take a 17-12 lead. Freshman Yancy Gates scored seven points during the run.




           Gates scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first half and also grabbed six rebounds. He finished with a career-high 22 points and matched his career-high with 11 rebounds, recording his second double-double of the season and his first since the season-opener vs. South Dakota on Nov. 16.

           Gates shot 9-11 from the floor for the game and pulled down a career-high nine defensive rebounds.

           Junior Deonta Vaughn scored 13 points and dished out three assists.

           Sophomore Rashad Bishop scored nine points for the Bearcats marking his highest point total since scoring 15 points at St. John’s on Jan. 22.

           Sophomore Larry Davis finished with a career-high six rebounds. His previous career-best was five rebounds vs. Western Illinois on Nov. 22, 2008.

           Gates scored 11 of Cincinnati’s first 17 points as the Bearcats took a 17-12 lead with 12:46 to play in the first half.

           Sophomore Alvin Mitchell earned his third start of the season vs. West Virginia.