2008-09 Cincinnati Men's Basketball

Dec. 22, 2008

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Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Cincinnati fÜ Dec. 22, 2008

Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio







           Records: Cincinnati – 10-2, 0-0 BIG EAST; Arkansas-Pine Bluff – 1-9, 0-0 SWAC

           Tonight is the first meeting between Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Cincinnati. UC leads the series, 1-0.  

           Cincinnati averaged 5.9 steals per game coming into the game and finished the first half with seven steals. UC finished with a season-high 15 steals, the most steals by a UC team since the Bearcats have 17 thefts against Coppin State on Nov. 29, 2003.

           Cincinnati scored 29 points off Golden Lion turnovers, its most points off turnovers this season. UC also outscored UAPB 38-6 in points in the paint and 38-23 in bench points.

           All 11 players that played for the Bearcats scored in the game.

           UC forced 24 Golden Lion turnovers. That is the most turnovers forced by the Bearcats since UC forced N.C. State into 32 turnovers on Dec. 23, 2006.

           The Bearcats outrebounded the Arkansas-Pine Bluff 41-36, improving to 10-0 when outrebounding its opponents.

           Cincinnati closed the game on a 15-4 run to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 79-49. It is the Bearcats’ third 30-plus point win of the season.

           Leading 62-29, the Golden Lions went on a 16-2 run to close within 19 points with 5:40 remaining in the game.

           The Bearcats closed out the half on a 14-3 run over the final 3:43 to take a 43-16 lead into the half. Nine UC players scored in the first half, led by junior Deonta Vaughn’s nine points.

           The 16 first-half points are the fewest points scored by an opponent since West Virginia scored 16 points in the second half on Jan. 30, 2008.

           Leading 8-7 with 12:06 on the clock in the first half, UC went on a 19-2 run over the next 7:05 to take a 27-9 lead with 5:01 to play in the opening stanza.

           UC opened the game on an 8-2 run over the first 5:42 of the opening half. Six of UC’s eight points came courtesy of two Vaughn 3-pointers.



           Vaughn finished with a team-high tying 14 points and a season-high tying three steals.

           Freshman Yancy Gates finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. It is Gates’ fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game and his sixth in the last seven contests.

           After scoring 10 points in his previous three games, junior Steve Toyloy scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff. It is Toyloy’s third double-figure scoring game of the season.

           After shooting 5-of-25 from the field in his past three games, freshman Dion Dixon went 4-of-8 from the field and scored 11 points vs. the Golden Lions. It is Dixon’s fourth double-figure scoring game of the season.

           Sophomore Darnell Wilks set a career-high with three steals and added three points, two rebounds and a block.