Huggins' solid old gold jacket, pants, and yes even shoes matched the colors worn by a vast majority of the crowd of over 10,000 at
Even greater was the other similarity between Huggins and the Mountaineer fan base- facial expressions of utter shock and disbelief as
Cincinnati (10-11, 5-4 in the Big East) used a stingy interior defense to force the Mountaineers (15-6, 4-4 in the Big East) to the perimeter early and often, an area of their game that so far this season had been spot on, shooting 38 percent from behind the arc coming in. Tonight however,
UC sophomore Deonta Vaughn led all scorers with 18 points, Marcus Sikes pulled down 12 rebounds, and Jamal Warren played a solid game consisting of nine points, nine rebounds, and six assists as the Bearcats improved to above .500 in conference play after dropping their previous two Big East games, losing both by a combined four points.
West Virginia senior guard Darris Nichols, who came into the game averaging 11.3 points per game, led the Mountaineers in scoring by putting up 17 points in the losing effort, ten of which he earned the hard way at the foul line. Alex Ruoff and Joe Alexander, averaging 15.7 and 15 points per game, respectively, combined for just eight.
The game was the first match up between Bob Huggins and
Current Bearcat head coach Mick Cronin continued his ongoing Big East Coach of the Year campaign after now more than doubling his conference win total from last year. Just this season, Cronin has coached his team to wins over squads coached by his former bosses and mentors, WVU's Huggins and
This Saturday Feb. 2nd, Cronin and the Bearcats will look to continue on their Big East winning ways, hosting number 17 ranked