Bearcats Drop Cronin Classic Finale To BGSU|
Nov. 11, 2007
CINCINNATI---Bowling Green's Chris Knight scored 24 points, leading the Falcons to a 69-67 win over Cincinnati on Sunday night in Fifth Third Arena. The loss in the finale of the inaugural Peggy Cronin Classic, drops the Bearcats' record to 1-2 on the young season.
Knight, a product of Withrow High School, helped Bowling Green shoot 58 percent (14-of-24) in the second half and 46 percent (26-of-56) for the game. BGSU (2-1) sealed the victory by making all four of its free throws in the final 14 seconds of play.
Deonta Vaughn scored 17 points against the Falcons, connecting on 5-of-13 shots, with all but one attempt coming from three-point range. UC attempted to use it's size advantage to beat the Falcons as its big-man trio of John Williamson (14 points, 5 rebounds), Adam Hrycaniuk (11 points, 4 rebounds) and Anthony McClain (8 points, 7 rebounds) combined for 33 of UC's 67 points.
The Bearcats raced to a five-point lead in the first three and a half minutes of play and extended the lead to eight on a Marvin Gentry free throw with 7:47 remaining. From there UC scored just one field goal in the last six minutes of the half and missed its final seven shots. Meanwhile, Bowling Green, posted a pair of triples closed the first half on a 16-2 run to take a 31-25 lead at the break. UC shot just 29 percent (9-of-31) in the first half, including 1-of-9 from the arc.
Early in the second half, Williamson scored three points in a 30-second span to help the Bearcats claw within one at 35-34. Just under a minute later, Rashad Bishop converted a three-point play and Cincinnati had a one-point lead with 14:31 to go. Unfortunately, that would be UC's final lead of the night as an Otis Polk tip-in and a three by Jakubowski gave BGSU a four-point edge.
With 3:36 left in the game, Cincinnati stormed back, scoring six straight points, with three coming courtesy of Hrycaniuk free throws. Hamblet nailed a 3-pointer on Bowling Green's next trip down, but Gentry missed an answer for the Bearcats. Cincinnati looked to have another chance when Miller missed a three with the shot clock winding down, but Knight tipped a second chance to Darryl Clements who was quickly fouled. The foul game continued as Vaughn was hit and made both shots with 15 seconds left. UC, forced to foul, watched Hamblet sink a pair and Vaughn's potential game-tying shot rimmed out. Hamblet made two more from the free throw to put the game out of reach. Vaughn launched a desperation three-quarter court heave at the buzzer that was true for the final two-point margin.
Vaughn was UC's representative on the all-tournament team and added three rebounds and three steals to his 17 points. Rashad Bishop, in his first career start, scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Cincinnati will continue a season-opening six-game home stand on Friday, hosting Coastal Carolina. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Peggy Cronin Classic All-Tournament Team