Bearcats Start Slow, Bounce Spartans In Homestand Finale

Nov. 26, 2007

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CINCINNATI---Larry Davis scored a career-high 15 points and Deonta Vaughn added 19 points and nine assists, leading Cincinnati to its third straight win, a 69-57 triumph over USC Upstate on Monday night in Fifth Third Arena. The contest closes a season-opening six-game home stand for the Bearcats who go on the road for the first time this weekend, traveling to UAB.

The Bearcats struggled out of the gate, not scoring for the first three and a half minutes before going ahead to stay late in the first half. UC (4-2) was paced by Vaughn and Davis with the latter matching his career-high with nine helpers. Davis connected on 6 of his 11 shots from the floor and added three assists. Vaughn made 6-of-9 from the field, including five of his eight three-point attempts. Adam Hrycaniuk posted the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spartans (0-6) in their first season as a Division I program, were led by 19 points from Luke Payne. Payne delivered on 7-of-13 field goal attempts, including a trio from behind the arc.

The early stages of the game were sloppy on both sides with a combined six missed shots and two turnovers. UC finally got on the board on a Hrycaniuk jumper, but the Spartans scored eight of the next 11, the last on a three by Josh Chavis, to take an early three-point cushion. Cincinnati finally retook the lead on a Marvin Gentry triple with 10:39 to play, but the hosts wouldn't lead again for over three minutes.

After falling behind by two, the Bearcats roared into the lead to stay, using a 10-0 run over just two minutes to take an eight-point lead. Vaughn was the main man during the spurt, dropping a pair of three's for six of his nine first half points.

At the outset of the second half, Cincinnati scored seven of the first eight points to build a nine-point lead just under two minutes in. The UC lead reached 13 on a Davis lay-up, but eight of the next nine points belonged to the Spartans, cutting the hosts lead to just seven.

From there, the Bearcats ripped off the next 13 points in a row to open up a healthy 20-point lead. UC went long to do its damage as Vaughn, Davis and Gentry all knocked down treys during the run.

A trio of three's, including two by Gabor Boros during the next two and a half minutes brought USC Upstate back with 11, but that would be the Spartans' smallest deficit for the remainder of the night.

John Williamson helped the Bearcats outrebound the Spartans by a 44-31 margin with a game-high 11 rebounds. Hrycaniuk completed his double-double with a career-high four assists. Bobby Davis and 7-2 Nick Schneiders led the Spartans with seven rebounds apiece.

The Bearcats will now head on the road for their next three contests, opening the stretch at former Conference USA rival UAB on Saturday (Dec. 1). UC's next home game is set for Wednesday, Dec. 19 against nationally-ranked Memphis.