2008-09 Cincinnati Men's Basketball|
March 10, 2009
2008-09 Cincinnati Men’s Basketball
BIG EAST Conference Championship
March 10, 2009
Madison Square Garden – New York, N.Y.
Cincinnati leads the series vs. DePaul 30-15 and finished the season 1-1 vs. DePaul.
DePaul outscored Cincinnati 42-30 in the second half to defeat UC 67-57 in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament.
The Bearcats are 0-3 in the BIG EAST Conference Championship play.
UC has dropped six of its last seven games including the last four in a row.
Down 18-16 with 7:21 left in the first half, UC went on a 6-2 run over the next 3:24 to take a 22-20 lead. They maintained the two-point lead, going into halftime at 27-25.
Sophomore Darnell Wilks led all Bearcats in scoring during the first half posting six points on two 3-pointers. Wilks who averaged 1.5 points per game coming into the first round of the BIG EAST Championship, has scored 19 points in his last three games.
After scoring two points and dishing out three assists in first half, Deonta Vaughn scored five points in the first 2:25 of the second half and finished with a team-high 15 points, five assists, and five rebounds.
Mike Williams had two points and four rebounds in the first half before picking up his second foul of the first half at the 10:14. He sat out the remainder of the period. Williams finished with six points and five rebounds.
After DePaul tied of the game at 27-27 coming out of the half, UC went on a 7-0 run to take a 34-27 lead at 18:08 of the second half. Vaughn scored five of the seven points with two layups and a free throw.
The Bearcats were 0-for-2 from the free throw line in the first half and finished the game 4-for-10 from the charity stripe.
UC fell to 2-9 when being out-rebounded by its opponent.
Cincinnati blocked four DePaul shots, including two by Rashad Bishop. It was the most by UC since notching six vs. Notre Dame on Feb. 4.