Postgame Notes - Connecticut at Cincinnati

Dec. 30, 2009

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#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.

          Cincinnati’s bench outscored Connecticut’s 15-10, including six points apiece from Yancy Gates and Rashad Bishop

          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.