Cincinnati’s last home game of the season came down to the final seconds, but they could not pull through in the end. The Bearcats faced a strong Villanova team, who are ranked 9th in the country and are in 2nd place in the Big East Conference. Unfortunately, they lost following 14-point run in the last six minutes after trailing by as many as 16 in the second half. Guard, Lance Stephenson converted a 3-point play with seven seconds left in the game. This was followed by a Villanova turnover, which led to a 3 by Rashad Bishop, to make it a 2-point game. Nova’s Scottie Reynolds hit both free throws after being fouled on the inbounds pass to secure the win for the Wildcats.
Bishop had the game high 19 points, followed by Vaughn’s 18, which included 4 from beyond the 3-point line. Big man, Yancy Gates has improved his free throw shooting lately as he went 7-7 from the line in this one along with 4 offensive rebounds. Villanova had a balanced offensive effort with six players in double-digits led by Reynolds, who had 17. This is the last home game senior’s Vaughn and Toyloy would play at Cincinnati. Vaughn was quoted by ESPN saying, “I thought I played pretty good. It’s a terrible way to end your career, at home with a loss. Nobody wants to lose on senior night. I’m proud of us as a team that we didn’t give up. We didn’t make shots, but we kept it going. We just missed some shots.”
The Bearcats look to positively close out their regular season on Saturday when they take on the Georgetown Hoyas at 12 p.m.
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