Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cardinals soar over Bearcats

(Enquirer/Cara Owsley)

The Cincinnati Bearcats tasted defeat for the 7th time this season, falling 68-60 to the Louisville Cardinals. Cincinnati is now 13-7, 4-4 in the Big East. Louisville improves to 13-7, 4-3. The Bearcats got off to a hot start, but were unable to keep it going. Lance Stephenson scored 12 in the first 6 minutes, but would not score again. Powered by Edgar Sosa, Samardo Samuels and an inspired Reginald Delk, Louisville would take the lead going into intermission and not give it up. Louisville would build a 12 point advantage. Cincinnati scratched back into the game, and cut the lead to 54-52 thanks to Cashmere Wright being on fire. Dion Dixon helped kill the rally with an ill advised 3, a charge and a foul. The lead was suddenly 9, and UC wouldn't really challenge again. Delk lead Louisville with 13-9 rebounds. Samuels had 14-5-2 blocks-2 steals, and Sosa had 14-3 steals. For UC, Stephenson had 12-7-4 assists. Deonta Vaughn had 12-5 assists. Gates 12-6, and Cashmere Wright had 12, including 10 in a row. This was a tough loss, because it was a winnable game. More tomorrow.

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