Bearcats Bounced Early

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats were hoping to win their first Big East Tournament game in school history Tuesday. The DePaul Blue Demons had other plans and ended their 18-game losing streak at Cincy's expense, knocking the Bearcats out of the conference tournament early in a 67-57 win.

The Bearcats have now lost four straight and six of their last seven. DePaul was just the third team in history to go winless during the Big East regular season, but they picked a good time to win their first game in conference play and first game overall since Dec. 28, 2008.

Dar Tucker and Will Walker lead all scorers with 17 points apiece. While Walker played the entire game, Tucker spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble and scored 15 of his points in the game's second half.

The Blue Demons led by as many as points midway through the first half, but the Bearcats were able to hold a 27-25 lead at the break thanks to a Darnell Wilks three-pointer with under a minute in the half.

Cincinnati started the second half on a 7-2 run, but with 12:18 remaining DePaul knotted things back up at 41 with a three-point jumper by Jeremiah Kelly, who finished the game with 12 points. Almost two minutes later, Walker gave the team their first lead of the half, and the Blue Demons never looked back en route to the ten-point victory. With the win, DePaul became the first team in NCAA history to win a postseason game as a No. 16 seed.

Deonta Vaughn led the way for the Bearcats with 15 points and five rebounds, but shot a poor 6-of-21 from the field and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Bearcats shot just fewer than 36 percent from the field, 23 percent from long range, and only 40 percent from the free throw line for the game, while DePaul shot just over 49 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three, and 64.7 percent at the line.

No Bearcat other than Vaughn reached double figures. Wilks and freshman Yancy Gates came closest, scoring eight points each.


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