Cincinnati 92, Toledo 68 Postgame Notes

Nov. 18, 2009

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2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men’s Basketball
Toledo at Cincinnati
Nov. 18, 2009
Cincinnati, Ohio – Fifth Third Arena

Team Notes
•    After starting the season opener without a basket from the field in the first five minutes, Cincinnati was hot out of the shoot vs. Toledo, outscoring the Rockets, 21-5, in the first 6:26. UC went 9-for-13 from the field, including 2-for-5 from 3-point range, during the stretch.

•    Cincinnati shot 52.6 percent (20-of-38) in the first half, one game after shooting 28.6 percent in the opening period of the season opener vs. Prairie View A&M. The Bearcats finished the game 37-of-71 (.521) from the floor.

•    UC’s starters (Wright, Vaughn, Stephenson, Gates, Toyloy) combined to score 54 of UC’s 92 points in the game, but it was the bench that was a difference maker, outscoring Toledo, 38-11.

•    The Bearcats scored 49 points in the first half, two short of the second most points in a half during the Mick Cronin’s three-plus years at UC.

•    Cincinnati’s 92 points is its highest scoring output since posting 93 vs. Notre Dame on Feb. 4 of last season.

•    One of the key contributors to Cincinnati’s 52.1 shooting percentage vs. Toledo was its 27 assists vs. the Rockets. The 27 assists are the most for UC under Coach Mick Cronin and are tied for the third most in school history. The previous best under Cronin was 22 vs. Wofford in his first season as head coach.

Individual Notes
•    Junior forward Rashad Bishop came off the bench in the first half to give the Bearcats an offensive punch, scoring 13 of his career-high 20 points. His previous career high came at St. John’s last year when he scored 15. He also added eight rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes of action.

•    Freshman forward Lance Stephenson posted his first career double-digit scoring night as a Bearcat, posting 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Cashmere Wright scored 12 in the season opener making it two straight games a UC freshman has scored 10 or more points.

•    Senior guard Deonta Vaughn moved into 12th place on the career scoring list at UC, ahead of Robert Miller (1,498), and eclipsed the 1,500-point plateau as a Bearcat with his 13-point performance. He just missed matching his career high of 10 assists last season at Marquette, finishing with nine assists vs. the Rockets.

•    Sophomore forward Yancy Gates logged his 19th double-digit scoring performance of his career, hitting on 6-of-8 shots.