CINCINNATI (AP)—Freshman point guard Deonta Vaughn scored 19 points Saturday night, and Cincinnati overcame 29 turnovers—second-most in school history— while holding on for a 60-50 victory over Central Michigan.
The Bearcats (4-1) took control with a 17-2 run that started late in the first half and left plodding Central Michigan (2-2) with too much ground to make up. The turnovers prevented it from becoming a blowout.
The 29 turnovers were the most by the Bearcats in 28 years, tying for second-most in school history. The record is 31 turnovers in a 102-61 victory over Cleveland State on Jan. 7, 1974.
Cincinnati also dominated in rebounds 36-16, another statistic for the record books—the third-fewest rebounds by a Cincinnati opponent. Central Michigan didn’t get its 10th rebound until 5 minutes remained.
Vaughn had 33 points, a single-game record for a Cincinnati freshman, during a 91-90 home-court loss to Wofford on Tuesday. He was 8-of-11 from the field on Saturday, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
Giordan Watson led Central Michigan with 23 points and four assists and three rebounds. Central Michigan shot 34.7 percent from the field and had 18 turnovers overall, but trailed by only 7 points with 5:26 to go.
The turnovers kept it close.
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin was livid on the bench in the first half, when the Bearcats repeatedly had the ball stolen while they tried to set up a play. The Bearcats’ 15 turnovers in the half matched their previous high for an entire game this season.
Despite the sloppy play, Cincinnati managed to pull ahead 31-22 at halftime behind Vaughn, who balanced his four turnovers with 13 points. The freshman point guard went 5-of-6 from the field, making all of his three shots from behind the arc.
Vaughn made a follow-up basket and a 3-pointer off a fast break during a 7-0 run that put Cincinnati ahead to stay 25-18. There were three ties and eight lead changes up to that point.
The Bearcats opened the second half with an 11-2 run that pushed the lead to 18 points. Central Michigan missed its first six shots in the half and went nearly 8 minutes between field goals while Cincinnati pulled away.