CINCINNATI (AP) -- Deonta Vaughn scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half Wednesday night, and Cincinnati's balanced attack helped it hold on for a 74-66 victory that ended Syracuse's six-game winning streak.
Vaughn scored in double figures for the sixth straight game, leading Cincinnati (7-8, 2-1 Big East) to its third victory in its last four games. Marvin Gentry added 12 points, and John Williamson scored 10.Syracuse (12-4, 2-1) couldn't take advantage of a defense that has been highly inconsistent. The Orange came into the game averaging 85.9 points, best in the league, but failed to build on a fast start.Freshman Donte Green had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore Paul Harris added 20 points for Syracuse.The last two games between the teams ended up in one-point wins for Syracuse. The Orange got off to a 14-5 lead this time, with Harris' layup completing an 8-0 run. Cincinnati missed seven of its first eight shots from behind the 3-point arc.Vaughn then rallied the Bearcats to a 35-23 halftime lead. His driving layup gave Cincinnati its first lead at 19-18, and he scored 12 consecutive points for a 29-20 advantage. The Bearcats closed the half with a 21-5 run.Vaughn's jumper in the lane put the Bearcats ahead 51-35. Syracuse cut the lead to six points with 2:26 to go, but got no closer.