Illinois State Holds Off Cincinnati, 62-52

Dec. 8, 2007

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Three Bearcats scored 11 points, leading a late-game comeback charge, but it wasn't enough as Cincinnati dropped its second straight decision, 62-52, at Illinois State Saturday night.

The Redbirds (6-3) held off a stiff Cincinnati rally late in the game after pulling ahead by as many as 19 points in the second half. The Bearcats (4-4) closed to within six points with less than two minutes to play before ISU senior guard Dom Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with 1:48 left to play to put the Redbirds up by nine.

The Redbirds played tight defense all night, holding Cincinnati offensive leader Deonta Vaughn to only eight points, eight below his season average of 16

Seniors John Williamson, Adam Hrycaniuk and Jamual Warren each scored 11 points for Cincinnati. Williamson also led the Bearcats in rebounding with eight.

The Redbirds led by as many as 16 points midway through the half and led at halftime 27-18.



ISU shot 41 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 28 percent for the Bearcats. Cincinnati finished the night 1-for-15 from 3-point range.

Both teams started slowly before the Redbirds quickened the pace, helped by 13 first-half points off the bench.

The Bearcats have a quick turnaround as they prepare for 75th meeting of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.