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Final

Ohio 58

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Cincinnati 86

(5-2, 4-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 14, 2005

    Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

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    OHIO 38 2058
    CIN 39 4786

    Top Performers

    Ohio: S. Troutman 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast

    Cincinnati: D. Downey 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Cincy guard Downey scores 24 to hand Ohio its first loss

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Freshman point guard Devan Downey scored a career-high 24 points Wednesday night, directing Cincinnati's fastbreak offense to an 86-58 victory over previously unbeaten Ohio.

    Downey led runs at the start of both halves that gave Cincinnati (5-2) a calming victory. The Bearcats had lost two consecutive home games for the first time in their arena's 17-year history.

    Trying for its first 5-0 start since 1969, Ohio quickly realized it had no one to guard Downey, a true freshman who is learning how to crack open a defense with his quickness. He led an opening 19-9 run and set the pace during a 24-5 spurt early in the second half.

    Sonny Troutman led Ohio with 17 points. Forward Leon Williams, who anchors Ohio's inside attack, picked up his fourth foul with 13:56 left in the game and wasn't a factor while Cincinnati took control.

    Dribbling into the middle of Ohio's defense for open shots, Downey hit three consecutive baskets during the opening 19-9 spurt. The Bearcats broke out of their shooting slump during a 92-83 victory at Vanderbilt on Saturday, and kept their touch by making seven of their first 11 against Ohio.

    Even slumping Armein Kirkland hit shots early, swishing his first two 3-point tries. The senior forward has struggled with his shot all season, making only 21 percent from behind the arc.

    The Bobcats, picked to win the Mid-American Conference, went 4-0 for the first time in six years with a balanced offense. Against Cincinnati, they rushed their shots early, missing layups and tip-ins while going 4-of-21 from the field.

    Whitney Davis changed the momentum by hitting consecutive 3's, starting a 20-4 run that put Ohio up 31-25. Davis had all of his 10 points during the spurt, including a steal and a breakaway dunk that revved several hundred green-clad Ohio fans in the less-than-capacity crowd of 9,133.

    The Bearcats haven't drawn 10,000 fans for any of their six home games since Bob Huggins was ousted as head coach.

    Downey made a three-point play off a fastbreak layup that prevented Ohio from increasing its lead in the first half. There were three more lead changes before Downey helped Cincinnati regain control for good.

    He got a long rebound and drove for a layup before Ohio's defenders could react, and drove and passed off to James White for an easy basket that sparked the 24-5 spurt and put Cincinnati up 64-45.

    The Bearcats also asserted themselves on defense, holding Ohio to two baskets and three free throws in the first 9 minutes of the second half. Troutman scored six of those seven points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    OHIO
    CIN
    Points 58 86
    FG Made-Attempted 21-65 (.323) 34-67 (.507)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-24 (.292) 7-20 (.350)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-16 (.563) 11-14 (.786)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 29

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