2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball
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2009-10 CINCINNATI MEN'S BASKETBALL

No. 21/22 Maryland vs. Cincinnati l Nov. 24, 2009

2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational

Lahaina Civic Center - Maui, Hawai'i

 

POSTGAME NOTES

 

Team 

          Records: Cincinnati, 4-0; No. 21/22 Maryland, 4-1.

          Cincinnati defeated Maryland 69-57 to advance to the Championship game of the Maui Invitational.

          The Bearcats evened the all-time series between Maryland and Cincinnati at 2-2.

          The win marked the first time since the 1999-00 season that Cincinnati has defeated back-to-back ranked opponents. That year, UC defeated No. 25 Gonzaga 75-68 on Dec. 4, 1999, before defeating No. 7 North Carolina 77-68 on Dec. 8, 1999.

          The Bearcats shot 44.3 percent from the field and held the Terps to 35.8 percent shooting from the field.

          UC went 11-for-17 from the line compared to just 17-for-31 from the line for Maryland.

          Cincinnati outrebounded Maryland 47-33 and improved to 4-0 on the season when outrebounding its opponent.

          A 9-1 Bearcats run from the 11:19 mark to the 9:19 mark of the second half gave Cincinnati its largest lead of the game at 53-36.

          UC followed Maryland's run with a 6-0 run from the 16:11 mark to the 14:51 mark to move its lead back to double figures at 39-26.

          A Rashad Bishop bucket with 19:24 to play in the second half gave Cincinnati a 33-18 lead, before Maryland went on an 8-0 run over the next 1:51 to close its deficit to 33-26 with 17:33 to play.

          The 18 first-half points given up by UC is the lowest first-half point total given up since allowing just 16 points in the first half against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 22, 2008.

          Cincinnati shot 40.6 (13-of-32) percent from the field in the first half while holding Maryland to 28.0 percent (7-25) shooting from the floor.

          A sophomore Dion Dixon put-back with three seconds to play in the first half gave the Bearcats a 31-18 lead entering halftime. Cincinnati closed out the last 9:26 of the first half on a 20-4 run.

          Trailing 14-11, Cincinnati held Maryland scoreless from the 9:26 mark to the 3:14 mark of the first half and went on a 14-0 run to take a 25-14 lead with 3:13 remaining in the half. Deonta Vaughn and Lance Stephenson combined to score all 14 points with Vaughn scoring 10 of the 14.

 

Individual

          Sophomore Yancy Gates finished with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double, marking the first time in his career he has posted back-to-back double-doubles.

          Senior Deonta Vaughn added 16 points and five assists.

          Freshman Lance Stephenson scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists, had two steals and a block.

          For the second night in a row, sophomore Dion Dixon was a spark off the bench scoring eight points and corralling five rebounds.

          From the 9:06 mark to the 6:42 mark of the first half, Vaughn scored eight straight points for the Bearcats, including two 3-pointers, to give UC a 19-14 lead with 6:42 to play in the first half.  

          Stephenson and Gates combined to hit four of their first six shots and scored all of UC's first nine points of the game.