Bearcats Get Back On Winning Track

UC Basketball Analyst
Posted Dec 20, 2009


The Cincinnati Bearcats beat the Lipscomb Bisons 80-52 Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati moved to 7-3 on the season with the win, as the Bison fell to 4-6 ending the Bisons two game winning streak.

Cincinnati was led by freshman Lance Stephenson, who scored 19 points, grabbed three rebounds, and had five assists on 7-11 shooting and 4-4 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Dion Dixon scored 15 points, on 6-11 shooting, and led Cincinnati with 13 points in the first half. Referring to Dixon, Mick Cronin said "I think he is one of the best sixth men in the country not just the Big East." Also Biggie McClain stepped up in just nine minutes of action to play really well as the Junior center blocked three shot and grabbed three rebounds.

Mick Cronin made some changes to the lineup, including Yancy Gates, Cashmere Wright, and Darnell Wilks played a combined 13 minutes. Wilks played less then a minute and Gates only played four minutes, none in the second half. About the changes, "I’m trying to make adjustment to get our team ready for the Big East.....I believe in coaching to win, I love every guy in that locker room.... He didn’t get back on defense, he didn’t get a rebound, and he didn’t post up. (referring to Yancy Gates on why he played sparingly).

Deonta Vaughn struggles continued on Saturday going 2-9 from the field and 1-8 from three point range, scoring just five points and having four turnovers. However, Vaughn did plenty of things to help the Bearcats win adding seven assists and five rebounds in 28 minutes of action, getting his first start at point guard this season replacing Wright. "Coach asked me which I preferred, I told him I'd rather play point even though were winning."

Lipscomb was led by Junior Center Adnan Hodzic, who scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Hodzic also reached the 1,000 point club at Lipscomb on the night, showing the impact the junior from Sarajevo, Bosnia has had the Bison program.

The key to the game was the pressure defense applied by Cincinnati, Lipscomb who averages over 82 points per game was held to just 52. About UC's defense Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson said "There just so big and strong....you can't catch the ball deep against those guys..... They definitely have the lot of size and outweigh our 20 or 30 pounds and length too." The Bison were held to 29 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from three point range. Cincinnati scored 21 points off of fifteen Lipscomb turnovers.

Cincinnati gets back in action Tuesday night against Winthrop at Fifth Third Arena, as the Bearcats play there last game before they start Big East play.



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