2009-10 University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball


Dec. 19, 2009

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Lipscomb at No. 25 Cincinnati l Dec. 19, 2009

Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio





          Records: No. 25 Cincinnati, 7-3; Lipscomb, 4-6.

          Cincinnati defeated Lipscomb 80-52 after outscoring the Bisons 45-28 in the second half on 62.1 (18-of-29) percent shooting from the field and 53.8 (7-of-13) shooting from behind-the arc. The match-up was the first game all-time between the two schools.

          Lipscomb, who averaged 83.8 points per game entering the contest, was held to 52 points, its lowest scoring output of the season. Lipscomb’s previous low was 64 points on Nov. 24 at No. 17/18 Ohio State.

          After shooting a combined 10-of-57 from three the last three games, Cincinnati hit 10-of-26 (.385) three-point tries against the Bisons.

          Cincinnati shot 54.4 (31-of-57) percent from the field compared to just 29.0 (20-of-69) percent for Lipscomb. The 54.4 percent marks the third time this season that the Bearcats have shot over 50 percent from the field.

          The Bearcats had five players score in double figures. The last time UC had exactly five players score in double figures was on Jan. 20, 2007 at West Virginia.

          UC finished with a season-high eight blocks, the second most blocks for the Bearcats under head coach Mick Cronin. Junior Anthony McClain led the team with three blocks, while senior Steve Toyloy and junior Ibrahima Thomas had two blocks apiece.

          The Cincinnati bench outscored the Lipscomb bench 34-15, with sophomore Dion Dixon (15) and junior Rashad Bishop (13) combining for 28 of the 34 bench points.

          The Bearcats opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take a 42-24 advantage with 18:15 to play.

          UC took a 35-24 lead heading into halftime, UC’s largest halftime lead since leading by 22 against Texas Southern on Dec. 1.

          Lipscomb started out 7-of-15 from the field over the first 12 minutes, but hit just 2-of-16 shots in the final eight minutes of the first half and finished the first half shooting 9-of-31 (.290) from the floor. The Bearcats shot 13-of-28 (.464) from the field in the opening half.

          A 16-2 run by Cincinnati over a 6:27 stretch extended UC’s lead to 33-21 with 2:29 to play in the opening half.

          After starting the game 0-of-6 from the field, Cincinnati hit eight of its next 13 shots to take a 21-19 lead with 7:32 to play in the opening half.

          Cincinnati went the first 6:23 of the game without a field goal before sophomore Dion Dixon hit a three-pointer with 13:36 to play in the first half to cut the UC deficit to three points, 8-5.




          Freshman Lance Stephenson led the Bearcats in scoring with 19 points, his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season.

          A Deonta Vaughn assist to Ibrahima Thomas with 18:15 remaining in the second half gave Vaughn 426 career assists, moving him past Oscar Robertson into third place on UC’s all-time assists list. Vaughn finished with seven assists and currently owns 430 career assists.

          In his first start of the season, junior Larry Davis scored 10 points, his first double-figure scoring effort of the season. All 10 of Davis’ points were scored in the second half.

          Thomas made his first career start as a Bearcat and Thomas collected his first double-figure scoring game with 10 points. Thomas also grabbed six rebounds.

          Junior Rashad Bishop went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including three 3-pointers, to finish with 13 points. Bishop now has three double-figure scoring games this season after registering three double-figure scoring efforts during the 2008-09 season.

          Stephenson and Dixon combined to score 26 of Cincinnati’s 35 first-half points, while connecting on 10-of-15 (.667) shots from the floor. The rest of the Bearcats combined to score nine points in the first half and shoot 3-of-13 (.231) from the field.

          Dixon scored seven of UC’s first 11 points.