2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball

March 2, 2010

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               2009-10 CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL

No. 9/9 Villanova at Cincinnati l March 2, 2010

Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio





          Records: Cincinnati - 16-13; 7-10 BIG EAST; No. 9/9 Villanova – 24-5; 13-4 BIG EAST.

          Villanova hit 5-of-7 free throws in the final minute to hold on for a 77-73 victory over Cincinnati.

          Villanova improved to 5-1 against Cincinnati in the all-time series and 3-1 when playing the Bearcats in Clifton.

          UC fell to 3-4 vs. teams ranked in the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll this season.

          The Bearcats outscored the Wildcats 34-16 in points in the paint and 17-11 in points off turnovers.

          VU had seven second-chance points in the first 5:35 of the contest, but Cincinnati outscored Villanova 15-0 for the remainder of the game in second-chance points.

          The Wildcats shot 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from 3-point range and 71.4 percent (25-of-35) from the free throw line, compared to 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from behind-the-arc and 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the charity stripe for the Bearcats.

          A 14-0 Cincinnati run from the 5:42 mark to the 2:48 mark of the second half closed cut a 15-point Villanova lead to one point, 66-65, with 2:48 to play.

          Cincinnati went scoreless from the field in the first 6:07 of the first half and the Wildcats went on a 12-1 run to take a 43-32 lead with 13:53 to play.

          Senior Deonta Vaughn scored UC’s final six points of the first half and the Bearcats held Villanova to one made field goal over the final eight minutes to erase a 10-point deficit and tie the game at 31 entering the half.

          An 11-2 run by Villanova from the 10:53 mark to the 8:20 mark helped the Wildcats open a 26-16 lead with 8:20 remaining in the first half.



          Vaughn scored 14 points in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. The 14 points in a half ties for the most points scored in a half by a UC player this season. Vaughn finished with 18 points in his final game in Fifth Third Arena.

          Vaughn became the fourth player in UC history to score over 1,800 points in a career with his 18 points against Villanova, joining Oscar Robertson (2,973 points), Steve Logan (1,985 points), and Danny Fortson (1,881 points). Vaughn also moved into a tie for third on UC’s career steals list, tying Eddie Lee with 163 career thefts.

          Junior Rashad Bishop hit 8-of-14 field goals and posted a team-high 19 points off the bench for UC.

          Sophomore Yancy Gates scored 13 points and went a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. The seven free throw attempts and makes are both season highs.

          Freshman Lance Stephenson scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for Cincinnati. It is the third straight game that Stephenson has led the team or tied for a team-high in rebounds.

          Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds scored all 17 of his points in the second half.

          Vaughn and senior Steve Toyloy combined to score 10 of Cincinnati’s first 12 points over the opening 7:44 of the game.