Cincinnati-Seton Hall Postgame Notes


March 7, 2009

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Seton Hall vs. Cincinnati l March 7, 2009

Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio






           Records: Cincinnati – 18-13, 8-10 BIG EAST; Seton Hall – 16-14, 7-11 BIG EAST

           Seton Hall stormed back for a 67-63 overtime win, tying the series at 5-5 and improving its win streak to two over Cincinnati.

           With the score tied at seven at the 14:45 mark of the first half, UC went on a 13-1 run and pushed out to a 20-8 lead with 8:35 left in the half. Mike Williams scored six of UC’s 13 points in that run.

           Seton Hall went on a 12-6 run over the final 5:42 of the first half to pull within eight, 30-22. Cincinnati has now lost two consecutive games with a halftime lead and is 11-2 this season when leading at the half.

           The Bearcats scored eight points off of turnovers in the first stanza and were led by Williams and Deonta Vaughn, who each scored eight points. Williams, who has missed the last three games with an injury, matched his highest scoring performance since the Louisville game on Feb. 21 in the first half against Seton Hall.

           Seton Hall used a 10-3 run over 2:35 to pull within three, 35-32, with 15:48 remaining in the game.

           With the score 43-42, Cincinnati went on an 8-0 run to take its largest second half lead (nine) with 7:26 to go, 51-42.

           Seton Hall responded with a 10-0 run over the next 2:14 to take a 52-51 lead with 4:22 remaining.

           A Vaughn three-pointer tied the game at 55 with 1:52 to go. The Bearcats stopped Seton Hall’s final attempt sending the game into overtime; only the third time UC has played in overtime this season.

           UC is now 2-1 when playing in overtime this season.

           In overtime, the Pirates connected on their first four free throws and pushed out to a 61-57 lead with 2:04 left that they would not relinquish.

           Cincinnati outscored Seton Hall’s bench, 17-0 bench points and the Bearcats held a 30-24 advantage with points in the paint.

           UC out-rebounded Seton Hall, 48-36. The 48 rebounds for Cincinnati are the most since grabbing 49 boards against Charleston Southern in non-conference play on Dec. 15. It is the highest rebounding advantage UC has held in a game since out-rebounding DePaul by 12 on Jan. 17.



           Senior Branden Miller made his first career start for the Bearcats. The Cincinnati native was honored, along with teammate Mike Williams, prior to the game for Senior Day. Miller finished the game with two rebounds and an assist.

           Freshman Yancy Gates finished the game with a team-high tying nine rebounds and added six points. The nine rebounds for Gates is the most since he pulled down 11 rebounds against West Virginia on Feb. 26.

           Sophomore Rashad Bishop matched his career-high with a team-high tying nine rebounds.

           Senior Mike Williams scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.  

           Junior Deonta Vaughn scored 18 points, his best scoring performance since scoring 16 points at Georgetown on Feb. 7.  

           Sophomore Larry Davis scored 11 points, dished out a career-high six assists, and had a career-high four steals.