2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball

March 17, 2010

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No. 7-Seed Weber State at No. 2-Seed Cincinnati l March 17, 2010

National Invitation Tournament First Round

Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio





          Records: Cincinnati - 19-15; 7-11 BIG EAST; Weber State – 20-11; 13-3 Big Sky.

          An 11-0 run from over a 2:20 stretch late in the second half pushed Cincinnati’s eight-point lead to 19, 74-55, with 2:33 to play and from there, Cincinnati defeated Weber State, 76-62.

          The Bearcats improved to 3-0 vs. Big Sky opponents and 1-0 all-time against Weber State.

          In its 10th appearance in the NIT, UC moved its NIT record to 8-9 with the win over Weber State.

          The win gives Cincinnati its 19th of the season. Under head coach Mick Cronin, UC has improved its win total in each of his four seasons (2006-07, 11 wins; 2007-08, 13 wins; 2008-09, 18 wins; 2009-10; 19 wins).

          UC forced Weber State into 23 turnovers, the first time this season that Cincinnati has forced 20-plus turnovers by its opponent.

          The Bearcats scored 22 points off turnovers in the first half against Weber State. Coming into the game, Cincinnati’s most points off turnovers in a game was 22 against Vanderbilt (Nov. 23) and Providence (Jan. 30). UC finished with 28 points off turnovers for the game.

          The Bearcats hit 15-of-16 shots (93.8 percent) from the free throw line. It is the first time UC has shot above 90 percent from the line since Jan. 4, 2009 at Marquette.

          The Bearcats recorded 11 steals against the Wildcats, the most steals by UC this season.

          A 16-4 run by the Wildcats over a 7:01 stretch cut what was a 20-point deficit to eight points, 56-48, with 8:03 to play.

          A 3-pointer by junior Larry Davis as time expired in the first half sent Cincinnati into halftime with a 40-25 lead. The 40 first-half points are the most first-half points scored by the Bearcats since scoring 44 in the first half against Providence on Jan. 30.

          UC hit 7-of-17 3-pointers in the first half, tying for the most made 3-pointers in a half this season. The Bearcats hit seven three’s in the first half against West Virginia on Feb. 27 and hit seven 3-pointers in the second half vs. Lipscomb on Dec. 19.

          Leading 20-19, UC hit four straight field goals from the 6:29 mark of the first half to the 5:22 mark, sparking a 17-0 run that opened up an 18-point advantage, 37-19, with 1:46 remaining in the first half.

          Weber State missed its first five shots from the floor over the first 4:23, but the Wildcats hit their next four shots over the next 2:55 to take their first lead of the game, 10-9, with 12:41 to play in the first half.



          Senior Deonta Vaughn posted a team-high 16 points and added five rebounds and seven assists.

          A Vaughn assist on a 3-pointer by Stephenson with 18:00 to play in the first half moved Vaughn past Eddie Lee (1976-80) into first place on Cincinnati’s all-time assist list. Vaughn has 507 assists in his career.

          Vaughn hit a 3-pointer with 1:46 on the clock in the first half to tie Darnell Burton (1993-97) atop UC’s career 3-pointers chart. A trey by Vaughn with 18:14 remaining in the game moved him past Burton as UC’s career 3-point leader and he finished the game with 309 career 3-pointers.

          Freshman Lance Stephenson led all players with 12 points in the first half on 4-of-6 shooting. Stephenson finished with 14 points.