Cincinnati Falls to No. 13 Connecticut, 96-51

March 9, 2008

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STORRS, Conn. -- Postponed a day because of the Midwest snowstorm that grounded the men's basektball team until Saturday night, No. 13 Connecticut defeated Cincinnati 96-51 on Sunday.

Stanley Robinson scored 18 points and had eight rebounds to lead the No. 13-rated Huskies.

The Huskies (24-7, 13-5 BIG EAST) didn't seem to mind the delay. The UConn defense held the Bearcats (13-17, 8-10) scoreless for nearly 11 minutes in the first half.

Deonta Vaughn, who had 34 points for the Bearcats in the last meeting, was held to nine points. John Williamson collected eight points and eight rebounds in his final regular season game. 

Freshman Rashad Bishop also tallied nine points.  Three Bearcats, Larry Davis, Anthony McClain, and Marcus Sikes contributed seven points each.

Robinson had three 3-pointers in the spurt and the Huskies led 47-15 at the break.

Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien combined for 13 rebounds. Thabeet, the league leader in blocked shots, finished with eight blocks and 15 points.

The game was in sharp contrast to UConn's 84-83 win in Cincinnati on Jan. 23.

The Bearcats converted 20-of-75 field goal attempts (27 percent) and netted 9-of-16 free-throw tries.

Cincinnati heads into the BIG EAST Conferece Tournament as the No. 10 seed.  UC faces off against seventh-seeded Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. 

The two sides split the regular-season series with each team winnning on its home floor.  UC earned a three-point victory at Fifth Third Arena on Jan. 19 and Pitt won by six on its home floor on Feb. 27.