Bearcats Part of Upset Saturday

Saturday afternoon found Mick Cronin and his team ready to battle against one more of the Big East power teams ranked in the Top 25. With the game being in the friendly confines of Shoemaker Center, the Bearcats kept the fans on their feet and used a nice run with stingy defense to help earn their 4-th conference victory.

Cincinnati's win was the second of the season against a ranked opponent and comes one week after knocking off Villanova. For the year the Bearcats are even in battles with Top 25 programs at 2-2 and will have a few more chances before the season is over.

After jumping out to an 18-10 lead early in the contest the ranked Panthers found their own grove and made a 12-2 run taking a 22-20 lead.

Senior guard Jamual Warren found himself pulling down five boards with senior center Adam Hrycaniuk leading the way in the scoring column with six first half points.

Throughout the contest each team would trade scoring runs with the Bearcats getting the biggest one with 9:48 left in the game. With the game tied at 40, the Bearcats would go on a 13-0 run over the next three-plus minutes with Adam Hrycaniuk playing the key role with a pair of tip-ins.

While the game would go down to the wire, the Bearcats had an answer for each Panther score giving them another conference victory and placing them with a 4-2 Big East mark. The win was also the first time that Cincinnati defeated the Panthers since joining the conference.

The 4-2 start in Big East play is the best mark the Bearcats have seen since the 2005-06 squad was 3-3 through six games.

The Bearcats again played in front of over 10,000 fans and proved that the Shoe is on the way back.

Deonta Vaughn paced the Bearcats with 14 points hitting key free throws in the final 1:18 of the game. He was joined by Adam Hrycaniuk who added 12 points and a team high seven boards.


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