Cincinnati 70, Seton Hall 67, OT
CINCINNATI (AP)—Deonta Vaughn scored 20 points, five of them in overtime, to lead Cincinnati to a 70-67 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday that ended the Bearcats’ longest losing streak in 82 years.
Cincinnati (11-18, 2-13 Big East) had lost 10 in a row, one shy of a school-record 11-game losing streak in 1924-25. No other Cincinnati team has lost 10 straight.
Seton Hall (13-15, 4-11) suffered its sixth loss in its last seven games and was officially eliminated from the Big East tournament.
Vaughn made a 3-pointer with 3:29 left in overtime to snap a 61-61 tie and give the Bearcats the lead for good. He added an 18-foot jumper with 1:37 left to give Cincinnati a 68-63 lead.
Seton Hall freshman Eugene Harvey led all scorers with 24 points. Brian Laing scored 18, and Jamar Nutter added 10 for the Pirates. John Garcia had 12 rebounds
John Williamson had 16 points for Cincinnati, and Jamual Warren added 13.
Williamson scored on a putback to give Cincinnati a 59-57 lead with 43 seconds left in regulation, but Harvey forced overtime by banking in a shot at the 31.2-second mark. Vaughn lost the ball while trying to get through defenders for a possible game-winning shot in the last 10 seconds.
Vaughn, the Bearcats’ leading scorer with a 14.1 average going into the game, scored nine points to help Cincinnati pull ahead 31-24 at halftime. The halftime lead was the Bearcats’ first in a Big East game this season and first since they led Miami of Ohio 31-22 on their way to a 60-52 win in the 12th game of their season on Dec. 27.