Bearcats Fall Well Short At Marquette

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats (10-4) opened up Big East play with a rough loss to #25Marquette (13-2) falling 84-50 in Milwaukee.

The story of the game was Jerel McNeal who landed seven three pointers, and ended the game with 26 points and six assists for Marquette. The Bearcats had no answer, Larry Davis was Cincinnati's leading scorer with eleven and Vaughn finished the game with zero points, the first time in his career he's been held scoreless.  Vaughn did dish out ten assists a feat not seen since Devon Downey dished out eleven in 2005.

The ‘Cats started well enough and held a 14-10 lead with twelve minutes left in the first half. That was as good as it got for the men of Cincinnati as they quickly fell behind and trailed 43-27 at the half.

Things in the second half only got worse as they were held to 18-of-55 (32.7%) shooting from the field and 3-of-19 (15.8%) from three point range, the Golden Eagles on the other hand shot 27-of-50 (54%) and had an impressive streak from three landing 15 of their 25.

"They shot the lights out today," said Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin following the game.  "I don't know if anybody in the country was going to beat them.  I've got a very young team, a very young basketball club.  We have a tendency to stare at each other, hand our head and get shocked when things don't go well for us.  We didn't respond.  We lack a little leadership right now and our inexperience is glaring.  The snowball started downhill and we weren't able to stop it.  I give Marquette credit for the way they played."

This does not bode well for the rest of the Big East play, and the Bearcats will have to find some inspiration if they want to have a chance at competing. While they do not necessarily need Vaughn to carry the team anymore it makes it very difficult to win if he does not score.

UC will face Providence (10-4) on January 7th at home at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats will need to win this game to get any momentum for the rest of conference play.

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