Men's Basketball Renews In-state Rivalry vs. Toledo
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Game 2: Toledo

Wednesday, Nov. 18 w 7:30 p.m. ET w Fifth Third Arena (13,176) w Cincinnati, Ohio w TV: FOX Sports Ohio w Radio: 700 WLW                       

 

THE MATCH-UP

The Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) take on the University of Toledo (0-1, 0-0 MAC) for the first time since 2001 on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati trails the Rockets 14-8 in the series but have won five of the last eight match-ups. The game will be the season debut for UC on FOX Sports Ohio with Michael Reghi doing the play-by-play and former Bearcat Anthony Buford providing color analysis. Dan Hoard (p-b-p) and Chuck Machock (color) will handle the call on 700 WLW.

 

THE SERIES

The game will be the 23rd meeting between Cincinnati and Toledo since the series began in 1935-36. The Rockets hold a 14-8 series advantage. The schools have only met three times since 1973 (1990, 2000, 2001) with the Bearcats winning the last meeting at home, 68-55, in 2001.

 

UP NEXT

The Bearcats hit the road for the first time in 2009-10 next week as they travel over 4,000 miles to make their inaugural appearance in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. UC opens tournament action vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

 

SCOUTING TOLEDO

·          The University of Toledo returns two starters and four letterwinners from last season's 7-25 squad, including 32.5 percent of its points and 44.8 percent of its rebounds.

·          Toledo posts one of the youngest squads in the country with no seniors and eight freshmen. The Rockets and St. Francis (PA) tie for the most freshmen on a team this season in NCAA Division I.

·          Junior forward Justin Anyijong is the Rocket's top returning scorer and rebounder from a year ago. He posted 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds in Toledo's season-opening 72-62 loss to Eastern Ilinois.

·          Sophomore Larry Bastfield returns as UT's point guard this season and posted a team-high six assists in the Rockets first game of the year.

·          The Rockets shot 46.5 percent from the floor against Eastern Illinois, including 8-for-20 (.400) from 3-point range.

·          Eastern Illinois forced Toledo into 21 turnovers in the season opener.

 

NOV. 16 - PRAIRIE VIEW A&M NOTES

·          Cincinnati overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Prairie View A&M, 69-62.

·          The game was the first meeting between UC and Prairie View A&M and the Bearcats improved to 88-21 in openers and 91-17 in home openers.

·          After shooting 28.6 percent from the field in the first half, UC shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half.

·          Cincinnati outrebounded Prairie View A&M, 47-32, and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to the Panthers' nine.

·          Eight players played 20-plus minutes for the Bearcats.

·          UC's bench outscored Prairie View A&M, 28-14.

·          UC held PVAMU without a field goal from the 16:37 mark of the second half to the 7:53 mark and went on a 14-0 run during that span to take a 50-46 advantage and never looked back.

·          A Yancy Gates put-back dunk with 9:31 to play in the second half put Cincinnati ahead 47-46, giving UC its first lead of the game since leading 3-2 with 18:45 to play in the first half.

·          Cincinnati went scoreless from the field in the first five minutes of the game as Prairie View A&M jumped out to a 15-3 lead with 15:00 to play in the first half. The Panthers hit 6-of-13 shots from the field during that stretch.

·          Senior Deonta Vaughn scored just three points in the first half, but tacked on 12 second-half points to finish with a team-high 15 points.

·          Junior Larry Davis led the Bearcats with eight points at the half. Davis finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

·          Sophomore Yancy Gates finished with 10 rebounds, the third double-figure rebounding game of his career. Gates' last double-digit rebounding effort came against West Virginia on Feb. 26, 2009, where he grabbed 11 boards.

·          Senior Steve Toyloy tied a career-high with four assists. He also pulled down nine rebounds.

·          Freshmen Cashmere Wright and Lance Stephenson both earned the first start of their careers. Wright finished with 12 points while Stephenson finished with seven points and four rebounds.

 

NOV. 12 EXHIBITION VS. BELLARMINE

·          Cincinnati defeated Bellarmine, 76-69, outscoring   Bellarmine, 26-6, on second-chance points.

·          The Bearcats out-rebounded the Knights, 44-31, including a 22-8 offensive rebounding advantage.

·          Nine players played at least 10 minutes for the Bearcats led by Deonta Vaughn's 28 minutes.

·          Bellarmine closed out the final 2:41 of the contest on a 10-1 run, but the Bearcats held on, 76-69.

·          After Bellarmine cut the UC lead to five points, 64-59, with 6:50 remaining, the Bearcats held the Knights without a field goal for the next 3:40 and went on an 11-0 run to open a 75-59 lead with 3:10 to play.

·          Following a senior Steve Toyloy dunk to start the half, Bellarmine went on a 9-2 run over a 2:35 stretch to cut UC's lead to seven points, 43-36, with 16:22 to play.

·          Cincinnati went on a 14-3 run from the 11:25 mark to the 6:48 mark of the first half to open a 24-11 lead. Freshman guard Lance Stephenson scored seven points, including two 3-pointers, during the surge.

·          Junior Darnell Wilks led all players with 12 points in the first half on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the floor. Wilks finished with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

·          Senior Steve Toyloy and sophomore Yancy Gates combined to score 14 points and grab 14 rebounds for the Bearcats frontcourt.

·          Freshmen Lance Stephenson and Cashmere Wright also scored in double figures scoring 15 points and 10 points, respectively.

·          Box score in statistics portion of these game notes.

 

NOV. 5 EXHIBITION VS. SAGINAW VALLEY STATE

·          Cincinnati scored 40 points in the paint and scored 22 points off of turnovers in an 86-58 win in UC's first exhibition vs. Saginaw Valley State.

·          The Bearcats were 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the second half and finished the game 9-for-12 from the charity stripe.  Sophomore forward Yancy Gates finished the game a perfect 6-for-6.

·          All 15 Bearcats saw the court and 11 scored. Sophomore forward Yancy Gates (16), sophomore guard Dion Dixon (12), and senior guard Deonta Vaughn (10) scored in double figures for UC.

·          Freshman forward Lance Stephenson was certified by the NCAA just hours before the game and scored on his first possession. He finished the game with nine points and four rebounds. 

·          Redshirt freshman guard Cashmere Wright dished out seven assists in his first game in a Bearcat uniform.

·          Dion Dixon was 2-for-4 from behind the arc and finished with 12 points and three rebounds.

·          Junior forward Darnell Wilks scored nine points, including an alley-oop dunk, and pulled down four rebounds.

·          Box score in statistics portion of these game notes.

 

BEARCATS PICKED SEVENTH IN BIG EAST

·          For the first time since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06, the University of Cincinnati was picked to finish in the upper division of the league in the preseason poll being selected to finish seventh by the coaches.

·          The Bearcats also earned individual preseason honors as senior guard Deonta Vaughn earned first-team all-BIG EAST plaudits and freshman Lance Stephenson was named the league's Rookie of the Year.

 

2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Coach's Poll

Rk.  Team                            Result

1.    Villanova (10)                   218

2.    West Virginia (5)                 215

3.    Connecticut (1)                   185

4.    Louisville                            179

5.    Georgetown                        161

6.    Syracuse                            152

7.    Cincinnati                           135

8.    Notre Dame                        132

9.    Pittsburgh                           119

10.  Seton Hall                          110

11.  St. John's                             82

12.  Marquette                            78

13.  Providence                           52

14.  USF                                     44

15.  Rutgers                                43

16.  DePaul                                 15

 

2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame

 

2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year

Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati, F

 

2009-10 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, F, Sr.

Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati, G, Sr.

Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, So.

Lazar Hayward, Marquette, F, Sr.

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, G, Sr.

Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Sr.

 

SAND, SUN, AND HOOPS

·          After opening up with Prairie View A&M (Nov. 16) and Toledo (Nov. 18), the Bearcats will make their first appearance in the EA Sports Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade University on Nov. 23-25 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

·          The Bearcats open the tournament vs. SEC opponent Vanderbilt on Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. before facing either Maryland from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) or Chaminade from the Pacific West Conference (Pac West) in the second round on Nov. 24. Cincinnati will take on a team from other side of the bracket (Arizona, Colorado, Gonzaga, or Wisconsin) in the third round on Nov. 25.

·          It will be Cincinnati's fourth trip to the Hawaiian Islands for an early-season tournament. They played in the 1975-76 and 1989-90 Rainbow Classics hosted by the University of Hawaii and won the 1999-00 Big Island Invitational tournament.

·          UC owns a record of 6-3 in the islands.

 

VAUGHN IN SEARCH OF HISTORY

·          Senior guard Deonta Vaughn has started his first three years at Cincinnati for head coach Mick Cronin where he has twice been named all-BIG EAST Conference (1st team in 2007-08; 3rd team in 2008-09) and lead the team in points and assists all three years.

·          Last year in the season opener he became the 45th player in school history to score 1,000 points in his career.

·          Currently Vaughn is climbing several career lists at UC. and needs:

13 starts to tie Steve Collier for fourth all-time in career starts with 104.

292 minutes to tie Jason Maxiell (2001-05) for fifth in career minutes played with 3,563.

Seven points to tie Robert Miller (1974-78) for 12th on the career scoring list with 1,498 points.

15 3-pointers to tie Steve Logan (1998-02) for fourth on the career 3-point field goals made list.

16 assists to tie Damon Flint (1993-97) for fourth on the career assists list with 407.

20 steals to tie Tarrance Gibson (1989-93) for fifth on the career steals list.

 

FINAL PIECE OF ROSTER CERTIFIED BY NCAA

·          Just prior to the University of Cincinnati's first exhibition game on Nov. 5 vs. Saginaw Valley State, freshman forward Lance Stephenson was certified by the NCAA to begin competing immediately.

·          Stephenson was the last of UC's five true freshmen to cleared by the NCAA. He is joined by fellow NLI signees Sean Kilpatrick and Jaquon Parker.

·          Stephenson, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward who was named the 2009 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Rookie of the Year, committed to the Bearcats on June 30 after a highly-decorated prep career at Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.), where he averaged 28.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists to earn Class AA New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) Player of the Year honors his senior year. He graduated high school as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the state of New York with 2,946 points, passing fellow Lincoln High grad Sebastian Telfair, who was the 13th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft and now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

·          In 2008-09, Stephenson led Lincoln to an overall record of 22-11 and an unprecedented fourth consecutive Public School Athletic League (PSAL) Class AA championship. He scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 78-56 victory over John F. Kennedy in the league championship game. Stephenson, a three-time NYSSWA first-team selection, led the Railsplitters to state semifinals appearances his final three seasons, including Federation Tournament championships in 2007 and 2008.

·          Selected to play in the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game, Stephenson finished his high school career with 12 points, six assists and three steals as his East squad knocked off the West, 113-110, in the annual high school all-star showcase.

·          Stephenson commented, "I am happy to be able to put this behind me," said Stephenson. "Since I committed to the Bearcats back in the summer, all I have wanted to do was get here and start playing ball with my teammates. I want to thank everyone that has given me encouragement and support during this, especially my family, coaches and teammates. They have been with me every step."

·          Stephenson made his college debut starting the season opener vs. Prairie View A&M. He scored seven points, pulling down four rebounds and dishing out two assists vs. the Panthers.

 

MISCELLANEOUS BEARCAT BITES

·          Redshirt freshman point guard Cashmere Wright, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, posted 12 points, five rebounds and an assist in his collegiate debut.

·          In his pregame radio interview prior to the season opener vs. Prairie View A&M, head coach Mick Cronin announced that he is planning to redshirt 6-foot-4, 215 pound, freshman guard Sean Kilpatrick (White Plains, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep).

 

DYNAMIC DAVIS

·          Since scoring a career-high 21 points vs. Notre Dame last season on Feb. 4, junior guard Larry Davis has take his offensive production to another level, posting 101 points in his last 11 appearances (9.2 points per game).

·          In the 2009-10 season opener vs. Prairie View A&M, Davis was second on the team in scoring with 13 points, his fifth double-digit scoring game in his last 11 outings. He was 5-for-8 from the field vs. the Panthers, including 2-for-5 from behind the 3-point line.