Cincinnati Falls To Xavier, 76-66

Dec. 13, 2008

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CINCINNATI - Junior guard Deonta Vaughn scored a season-high 27 points, including 19 second-half points, but the Bearcats came up short to Xavier, 76-66, in the annual Crosstown Shootout Saturday evening at Fifth Third Arena. The game was witnessed by a sellout crowd of 13,176, the first sellout since the 2006 edition of the Crosstown Shootout.

Xavier extended its record to 9-0 and the Musketeers have won nine of their last 13 against Cincinnati (6-2), which never led after the opening 2 minutes. C.J. Anderson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Xavier.

Xavier opened with a 14-2 run that set the tone. The Musketeers' tight man-to-man defense, their staple during the unbeaten streak, clamped down on Vaughn and the Bearcats' front line, holding Cincinnati to 3-for-13 shooting with 10 turnovers in the first 12 minutes.

The Musketeers took control with an 18-4 run that featured Dante Jackson, who was forced to move back to point guard after freshman Terrell Holloway picked up three quick fouls. Jackson hit back-to-back 3s, and had a pull-up jumper and a steal in the run, which pushed the score to 39-22.

Jackson had 13 of his career-high 15 points in the opening half. He also had a pair of steals as Xavier forced 14 turnovers before the break.

Vaughn took over the Bearcats' offense at the start of the second half, scoring 17 points in the first 9 minutes. His third 3-pointer in the surge cut it to 55-49 and brought the Bearcats' first capacity crowd to its feet.

Xavier finished it off with defense. Brown had steals on back-to-back Cincinnati possessions and was fouled both times. He made all four free throws, building the lead to 68-59 with 2:30 left. Anderson's basket then pushed the lead to 12.

The Bearcats get a day off before returning to the court Monday, Dec. 15 vs. Charleston Southern. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.