Men's Basketball |
Nov. 16, 2007
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CINCINNATI -Deonta Vaughn made nine 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 36 points to lead Cincinnati to a 74-59 win over Coastal Carolina on Friday night.
"I thought our shot selection and passing was much better tonight," commented head coach Mick Cronin. "Deonta came up with a great performance. Guys continue to get him the ball because we knew once he got hot, we only had one other guy making three pointers. We were shooting them unguarded. We did a good job on finding Leasure, and it was the first time we've held a team's best scorer under their average. We still got a ways to go, and we need a lot of practice."
Marvin Gentry added 11 points for the Bearcats (2-2), who dealt the Chanticleers their first setback of the season. Adam Hrycaniuk notched 10 points and six rebounds. Rookie Alvin Mitchell came off the bench to card a team-high seven caroms.
Freshman Anthony Breeze scored a career-high 25 points for Coastal Carolina (2-1). Jack Leasure, who averaged 33.5 points in the Chanticleers' first two games, added 15.
The Chants jumped out to the early lead on Leasure's 3-pointer 1:04 into the contest. The lead did not last long, as the Bearcats used a jumper by John Williamson and two of Vaughn's nine treys to take an 8-5 advantage with 16:51 remaining in the opening period. The Bearcats carried a 35-27 lead into the intermission.
Cincinnati pushed the lead to as many as 22, at 58-36 with 9:18 remaining in the game and cruised to the win. UC did the job on the boards, outrebounding Coastal by a count of 37-33.
Vaughn finished one short of tying Cincinnati's single-game record for 3-pointers. Melvin Levett made 10 in Cincinnati's 106-54 win over Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 20, 1997. His career-high scoring output was the most by a UC player since Steve Logan totaled 41 in an 89-37 win over Southern Miss. on Feb. 15, 2002.