2008-09 Cincinnati Men's Basketball

Dec. 14, 2008

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No. 10/9 Xavier at Cincinnati fÜ Dec. 13, 2008

Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio







          Records: Cincinnati – 6-2, 0-0 BIG EAST; Xavier – 9-0, 0-0 Atlantic-10

          Cincinnati leads the all-time series, 47-29

          Cincinnati wore its home red uniforms for the first time this season.

          The attendance for tonight’s game was 13,176, the first sellout in exactly two years when Cincinnati played Xavier on Dec. 13, 2006.

          Xavier defeated Cincinnati 76-66. The Musketeers outscored Cincinnati 12-0 in fast break points.

          The Bearcats hit 85 percent (17-of-20) of its free throw attempts, its highest single-game free throw percentage this season.

          Trailing by five points, 63-58, with 6:02 to play, UC went scoreless from the field for the next 5:39 as Xavier widened its lead to 76-64.

          The Bearcats trailed by five points, 24-19, with 3:56 remaining in the opening half, but Xavier closed the half on a 15-6 run to take a 39-25 lead into the half.

          UC went scoreless from the 10:55 mark of the opening stanza to the 5:18 mark before Vaughn made a lay-up, his first two points of the game. Despite not hitting a field goal during that stretch, the Bearcats cut its deficit from nine points to five points as they went 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

          Freshman Yancy Gates scored the first bucket of the game at the 19:42 mark of the first half, before Xavier scored 14 unanswered points to jump on top, 14-2 with 12:39 on the clock. UC went 0-of-6 with six turnovers during the stretch.



          Senior guard Deonta Vaughn scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the second half. Vaughn hit 5-of-11 3-pointers and converted 8-of-9 free throw attempts.

          Junior forward Steve Toyloy scored seven straight points for the Bearcats from the 10:23 mark to 8:36 mark helping UC cut its deficit to three points, 59-56. Toyloy had combined for eight points in his previous five games.

          Vaughn scored 10 of Cincinnati’s first 13 points as UC cut its halftime deficit from 15 points to 11 points, 49-38, with 15:19 on the clock.

          Sophomore guard Rashad Bishop surpassed his previous career-high for rebounds with nine.

          Freshman guard Dion Dixon recorded the second double-figure scoring game of the year, scoring 11 points.