Cincinnati Outlasts Neighboring Miami, 56-50|
Dec. 29, 2007
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jamual Warren connected on a pair of 3-point field goals in the final minutes to propel the Cincinnati Bearcats to a 56-50 win over Miami of Ohio Saturday night.
Cincinnati was clutching a two-point lead at 40-38 with 4:28 to play when Warren scored nearly half of his 13 points to aid his team in its 10th straight win in the 144th meeting between the neighboring universities.
In pulling out the win the Bearcats snapped a five game losing streak and delayed Miami coach Charlie Coles' 200th career win. Coles is 0-7 in the rivalry.
Cincinnati's leading scorer, Deonta Vaughn, made five of seven free throws in the last two minutes. His 17 points led Cincinnati.
The newest participant in the series, Anthony McClain, scored a career-high 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Redhawk Tyler Dierker scored a career-high 18 points to lead all scorers and grabbed eight rebounds, one shy of his career-high. Tim Pollitz recorded his seventh career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
Miami (6-6) lost its second straight game as leading scorer Michael Bramos was held to two points. The junior was averaging 17.7 points a game coming into the contest but made just one of 11 field goal attempts and his only free-throw try.
Cincinnati (5-7) closed an even first half with an 8-2 run to take a 26-20 halftime lead.
McClain sparked the Bearcats with a dunk of a feed from Rashad Bishop and followed with a three-point shot of his own.
McClain scored six points in nine minutes off the bench in the first half. He had logged as many as 12 minutes in just one other game.
Miami shot 41 percent from the floor but made just four of its nine free-throw attempts while Cincinnati had 18 points from the line, hitting 18 of 26 for 69 percent.
Cincinnati extended its lead in the rivalry to 92-52. Miami last won a game in the series on December 1, 1990, with a 72-64 triumph.