Postgame Notes - Connecticut at Cincinnati|
Dec. 30, 2009
2009-10 CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL
#10/10 Connecticut at Cincinnati l Dec. 30, 2009
Fifth Third Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio
• Records: Cincinnati, 9-3, 1-0 BIG EAST; Connecticut, 9-3, 0-1 BIG EAST
• Cincinnati is now 8-5 all-time against teams ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press poll, and 22-20 vs. ranked opponents at Fifth Third Arena.
• The Bearcats recorded their first-ever win against Connecticut.
• The win snaps a three-game losing streak in conference play.
• The win improves the Bearcats to 7-0 at home on the season. The seven consecutive wins match the best home winning streak for the Bearcats since 2003-05, when they won 11 games, spanning two seasons.
• Vaughn, Davis, Stephenson, Thomas, and Toyloy all started for the third consecutive game.
• The attendance was 10,409, the largest home crowd of the year.
• Back-to-back 3-pointers in an 18 second span by senior Deonta Vaughn at the midway point of first half gave UC a 24-16 lead.
• The Bearcats held UConn to 32.4 percent (12-of-37) from the field in the first half, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
• UC forced nine Huskie turnovers in the opening half, and scored 14 points off of the turnovers. Cincinnati finished with 21 points off of 14 UConn turnovers.
• The Bearcats blocked five first-half shots and one in the second half.
• For the first time this season the Bearcats won, despite being outrebounded. UConn held a 41-39 edge on the glass, despite UC outrebounding the Huskies, 20-16 in the final 20 minutes.
• The Bearcats extended their lead to 12 points at the 9:00 minute mark, equaling the largest lead of the game, on a lay-up by Lance Stephenson.
• At the 6:00 minute mark, senior Deonta Vaughn drained two free-throws, giving him points 1,600 and 1,601 of his UC career.
• Cincinnati did not allow the Huskies a blocked shot. UConn came into the game leading the nation in rejections, with 10.1 per game. UC blocked six Connecticut shots, two short of its season high.
• Senior Deonta Vaughn fouled out of the game at the 1:30 mark for the Cats, finishing with 17 points.
• The Bearcats held UConn under 40 percent shooting (24-of-64, 37.5%), marking the fourth game in a row they have held there opponent under 40 percent and seventh time this season.
• The Huskies were held to 31 percent shooting from behind the three-point line, including 0-for-6 shooting in the first half.
• After going scoreless in the first half against Winthrop, senior Deonta Vaughn scored the games first two points.
• Vaughn’s 10 first half points equal his most in opening half (10 vs. Maryland) this season.
• Vaughn knocked down three 3-pointers, passing Field Williams for second-place on the career 3-pointer list.
• Junior Larry Davis contributed nine points (4-of-8) from the floor, all coming in the second half.
• Rashad Bishop continued his strong three-point shooting, going 2-of-4 from three-point range. On the season he is now shooting 39.3 percent (11-of-28).
• Freshman Lance Stephenson led the Bearcats in scoring with 21 points, notching his third 20-point game of the season and first since Dec. 13 at Xavier.
• Deonta Vaughn scored 17 points, a season high.
• Vaughn’s 17 points give him 1601 for his career, passing Lloyd Batts (1585), and Jack Twyman (1598) and moving him into eighth place all-time. Next up on the list for Vaughn is Louis Banks (1,644).
• Vaughn becomes the 8th player in school history with at least 1600 points.
• Sophomore Dion Dixon recorded a season-high four assists.
• Junior forward Ibrahima Thomas notched season highs in rebounds (9), minutes played (29) tied a season-high in offensive rebounds (3), and blocked shots (2).
• Freshman Lance Stephenson set a career-high in free-throws made and attempted, going 7-7 at the charity stripe, including the two game-winning shots with 0.7 seconds left in the game.