2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball

Nov. 24, 2009

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

2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational

Lahaina Civic Center - Maui, Hawai'i





          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.



          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.