2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball|
Nov. 16, 2009
2009-10 CINCINNATI MEN'S BASKETBALL
Prairie View A&M vs. Cincinnati l Nov. 16, 2009
Fifth Third Arena - Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Prairie View A&M 69-62.
Tonight's game was the first meeting between UC and Prairie View A&M and the Bearcats improved to 88-21 in openers and 91-17 in home openers.
After shooting 28.6 percent from the field in the first half, UC shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half.
Cincinnati outrebounded Prairie View A&M 47-32 and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to the Panthers' nine.
Eight players played 20-plus minutes for the Bearcats.
UC's bench outscored Prairie View A&M, 28-14.
UC held PVAMU without a field goal from the 16:37 mark of the second half to the 7:53 mark and went on a 14-0 run during that span to take a 50-46 advantage and never looked back.
A Yancy Gates put-back dunk with 9:31 to play in the second half put Cincinnati ahead 47-46, giving UC its first lead of the game since leading 3-2 with 18:45 to play in the first half.
Cincinnati trailed 38-30 at the half as Prairie View A&M shot 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from three compared to just 3-of-18 shooting (16.7 percent) for UC from behind-the-arc.
After five straight points by Cashmere Wright closed the Bearcats deficit to seven points, 25-18, the Panthers went on an 8-0 run to take a 33-18 lead with 5:11 remaining in the opening half.
Cincinnati went scoreless from the field in the first five minutes of the game as Prairie View A&M jumped out to a 15-3 lead with 15:00 to play in the first half. The Panthers hit 6-of-13 shots from the field during that stretch.
Senior Deonta Vaughn scored just three points in the first half, but tacked on 12 second-half points to finish with a team-high 15 points.
Junior Larry Davis led the Bearcats with eight points at the half. Davis finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Sophomore Yancy Gates finished with 10 rebounds, the third double-figure rebounding game of his career. Gates' last double-digit rebounding effort came against West Virginia on Feb. 26, 2009, where he grabbed 11 boards.
Senior Steve Toyloy tied a career-high with four assists. He also pulled down nine rebounds.
Darnell Hugee led the Panthers with 16 points, while Christopher Jones scored 10 points, grabbed nine boards, and dished out seven assists.