Men's Basketball |
Dec. 1, 2009
Box Score |
CINCINNATI - Seven players on the No. 22/24 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team scored in double figures, leading the Bearcats to a 94-57 victory over Texas Southern University on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Arena. The 37-point win is the largest margin of victory in head coach Mick Cronin's tenure at UC.
Rashad Bishop led all UC scorers with 14 points, while Dion Dixon and Steve Toyloy added 13, Deonta Vaughn scored 12, and Yancy Gates and Jaquon Parker contributed 10 points. The last time UC won as a ranked team was on March 17, 2005 when the Bearcats defeated Iowa, 76-64, in the NCAA Austin Regional. UC was ranked No. 23 at that time.
Cincinnati won the tip and held the Tigers scoreless for the first 4:02 of the game, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. Texas Southern drained back-to-back three pointers until Parker hit Darnell Wilks with a mid-court alley-oop, stopping the 6-0 run by Texas Southern. TSU responded with another 3-pointer, tying the game at nine, but that would be as close as the Tigers would get.
Toyloy connected on two free throws that started a 20-1 run over 4:57 and gave UC a 29-10 lead with 8:13 to go in the first period. Gates had two dunks and Anthony McClain had a fastbreak jam during that span. Texas Southern went on a 9-4 run and pulled within 14, but Vaughn hit one of three Bearcat 3-pointers and Wilks slammed a dunk over the final 3:39 to give UC a 44-22 halftime advantage.
Nine Cincinnati players scored in the first half and UC outscored TSU, 24-2, in the paint. The halftime advantage of 22 points was Cincinnati's largest halftime lead of the season. Bishop poured in 11 points in the first half and was perfect from the field (5-for-5).
No team jumped out offensively to start the second half and Texas Southern did not getting closer than 19 with 16:12 to go. A 3-pointer by Vaughn started a 7-0 run for UC and Cincinnati pushed out to 59-32 lead. Stephenson grabbed a rebound and handed out back-to-back assists to give UC a 30-point lead and a Wilks 3-pointer 28 seconds later put UC up, 69-38, with 11:27 to go. It took 1:09 before the next bucket and then UC went on a 12-4 run and held a 39-point advantage, 81-42, with 6:20 left to play. The Bearcats continued to push and Toyloy scored eight of UC's last nine points, two off of feeds from Alex Eppensteiner, as Cincinnati rolled to the victory.
Lance Stephenson grabbed a game and career-high 11 rebounds and scored seven points with a game and career-high seven assists.
After nine days off, the Bearcats return to the floor at U.S. Bank Arena for a home game vs. Miami University (OH) on Dec. 10 at 8:30 p.m.