NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Devan Downey scored 18 points and
Cincinnati recorded its biggest win of the season with a 92-83
victory over previously undefeated Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Cincinnati (4-2) snapped Vanderbilt's 28-game non-conference
home winning streak and its own two-game losing streak.
Eric Hicks scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for
Cincinnati, which played its first road game of the season. James
White tallied 18, including 16 in the first half. Armein Kirkland
scored 15 and Cedric McGowan added 10.
Cincinnati entered the contest shooting just 30 percent from
three-point range for the season, but connected on 7-of-18, with
White leading by hitting 4-of-5.
The Bearcats proved too quick both on the offensive and
defensive ends, forcing 17 turnovers and repeatedly penetrating
Cincinnati helped itself at the free throw line, making 25 of
Cincinnati built a 49-41 halftime lead, then pushed that out to
63-46 in the opening minutes of the second half and maintained a
steady lead. Vanderbilt was unable to get the deficit under 10
points until less than one minute remained.
Cincinnati built a 16-point lead late in the first half on the
strength of a suffocating defense and some strong three-point
shooting by White.
Cincinnati hit six of 10 threes in the first half, including a
4-for-4 effort from White. Vanderbilt closed the half with a burst,
however, scoring eight points in the final 50 seconds to create a
49-41 Cincinnati lead.
Vanderbilt's last non-conference home loss was to Connecticut,
76-70, on Dec. 1, 2002. It was the worst home non-conference loss
in the Kevin Stallings era at Vanderbilt. The Commodores are now
59-4 under Stallings in non-conference home games.