Vaughn scores 18, Cincy blasts W.Va. 62-39
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP)—Deonta Vaughn scored 18 points and Cincinnati held West Virginia to the worst shooting night in school history Wednesday night, beating the Mountaineers 62-39 and spoiling the first game for Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins against his former school.
West Virginia’s 20 percent (10-of-50) shooting also was among the worst for a Huggins-coached team.
Huggins won 399 games with the Bearcats and led them to the NCAA tournament in 14 of his 16 seasons before being ousted after a 2005 drunken driving arrest.
John Williamson added 11 points for Cincinnati (10-11, 5-4 Big East).
Darris Nichols scored a team-best 17 points for West Virginia (15-6, 4-4), which made just four field goals in the second half and went 1 for 22 from 3-point range.
In winning just its fourth Big East road game since joining the conference in 2005, Cincinnati used stifling man defense and interior dominance to force West Virginia away from the basket.
The Bearcats jumped ahead 21-7 midway through the first half, cruising to a 34-23 lead at the break.
The rout continued after halftime. Cincinnati used a 14-3 run to extend its lead to 50-29 with 10 minutes remaining. West Virginia never got closer than 16 afterward in its most lopsided loss in more than three seasons.