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Nov. 26, 2007
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Deonta Vaughan scored 19 points and Cincinnati used a 13-0 run in the second half to pull away from USC Upstate and take a 69-57 victory over the Spartans at the Fifth Third Arena Monday night.
Upstate falls to 0-6 on the season and ends its season-opening seven-game road trip Saturday at Wake Forest in a 1:00 p.m. tip-off. Cincinnati improves to 4-2 on the year.
"From our perspective, we have a very, very young team," said Upstate head coach Eddie Payne. "But, we managed our possessions well in the first half until late in the half. I think the athleticism and size of Cincinnati was the difference in the game."
Cincinnati used a 10-0 run late in the first half turn a 22-20 deficit into a 30-22 lead with 1:41 to play and opened a 30-25 lead at halftime.
The Bearcats opened the second half with five straight points to open a 10-point, 35-25, lead just 47 seconds into the half. Darnell Wilks' fast break layup gave Cincinnati its biggest lead of the game to that point, 43-30, with 17:10 to play in the game.
Upstate answered with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 45-38 with 13:59 to play, but Cincinnati was about to go on its decisive run.
Larry Davis sank a three-pointer with 13:37 to play to spark a 13-0 run as Cincinnati opened a 20-point lead, 58-38, with 11:03 to play.
Upstate got three three-pointers to cut the lead to 14 with just over seven minutes to play, but the deficit was too large to overcome and the Bearcats went on for the 12-point victory.
In the first half, Upstate grabbed the lead with a Josh Chavis three-pointer with 14:33 to play in the half to give the Spartans an 8-5 advantage. Upstate led 10-7 at the under-12 media timeout. Cincinnati regained the lead when Adam Hrycaniuk nailed a three-pointer to give the Bearcats an 18-16 advantage with 7:17 to play before halftime.
Upstate fought back to tie the game at 18-18 and was tied with Cincinnati, 18-18, with 6:41 to play. After falling behind, 20-18, the Spartans rattled off four straight to take a 22-20 lead with 5:08 to play. Luke Payne converted a layup and Bobby Davis nailed a jumper in the mini-run.
Vaughn's three-pointer gave Cincinnati the lead back at 23-22 with 3:44 to play and the bucket ignited a 10-0 run as the Bearcats opened a 30-22 lead with 1:41 to play.
Upstate held Cincinnati scoreless for the rest of the half. Mezie Uzochukwu hit a jumper and Davis converted 1-of-2 free throws to get the Spartans within five, 30-25, at halftime.
Upstate entered the game allowing opponents to shoot nearly 53 percent from the floor. However, the Spartans held Cincinnati to 43 percent shooting in the half.
Payne and Davis led Upstate in the opening 20 minutes, finishing with six and five points, respectively. Vaughn led Cincinnati, connecting on 3-of-4 from behind the arc to finish the half with nine points. Hrycaniuk also tallied nine points for the Bearcats in the opening 20 minutes of play.
Cincinnati shot 45.8 percent from the field for the game and held Upstate to 36.2 percent shooting. The Bearcats did connect on 9-of-21 three-pointers. The Spartans took good care of the ball, finishing with a season-low eight turnovers while forcing Cincinnati into 13 miscues.
Vaughn added nine assists to his 19 points to lead Cincinnati. Davis added 15, while Hrycaniuk finished with a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Payne led Upstate with 19 points, while Davis added eight points and seven rebounds despite playing most of the first half with foul trouble.