Bearcats Ground Rockets

The Cincinnati Bearcats jumped off to a 2-0 start on Wednesday Night with a 92-68 win over the Toledo Rockets out of the MAC. Cincinnati used a 13-0 second half to pull away for good, after Toledo cut the game to 8 in the mid part of the second half.

Rashad Bishop led the Bearcats in the victory, scoring 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in just 24 minutes of actions. "I need to help the team put up some more points. I need to be more aggressive on the offensive end. I'm going to bring the defense...." said Bishop on his big night.

Deonta Vaughn also had a nice night scoring 13 points and dishing out nine assists, making Vaughn the twelfth member of the University of Cincinnati Basketball program to score 1,500 points in a career. Next on the list for Vaughn, will be eleventh on the all-time list and Darnell Burton at 1,584. Vaughn had a take on the honor, "I didn't really think about it too much. It feels great to be among one of the top scorers in Cincinnati. I look forward to keep doing great things to help Cincinnati get back to the top." Said Vaughn

The Bearcats depth was too much for the Rockets as eleven different Bearcats scored in the game. Sophomore Yancy Gates scored 14 points, on 6-8 shooting and added four assists and three rebounds. Guard Larry Davis had six points, five rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of action on Wednesday Night.

As for the freshman update, the Bearcats got nice performances from three different freshmen against the Rockets. Not only did Lance Stephenson and Cashmere Wright have nice performances for Mick Cronin's Bearcats, but so did Suffolk, Virginia (King's Fork HS) guard Jaquon Parker five points, five rebounds, and two assists in thirteen minutes of action. Stephenson had 16 points on 6-13 shooting, including 2-4 from third point land on Wednesday Night and had two highlight reel dunks against the rockets, one coming on an alley-oop from Bishop late in the second half.

In other big Bearcat news, earlier Wednesday before they took the floor the Bearcats signed Kelvin Gaines. Gaines, a 6-10 center known for his defensive presence, averaged 10.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 6.2 blocks playing last season for Heat Academy in Martinsville, Virginia.

The next step for the Bearcats will come next Monday at the Maui Invitational when they open with the SEC's Vanderbilt Commodores at 5 pm. Vanderbilt has got off to a nice start beating Lipscomb 95-73, (a team who will come to Fifth Third arena on December 19th at 2 pm) and take on St. Mary's (CA) this weekend. Cincinnati leads the all-time series 5-1 and Cincinnati has won two straight, one win coming in 2004 and the last win coming in 2005, 92-83.

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