Cincinnati 82

(17-9, 6-6 Big East)

Syracuse 65

(17-8, 5-6 Big East)

7:30 PM ET, February 15, 2006

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

1 2 T
CIN 40 4282
SYR 41 2465

Top Performers

Cincinnati: J. White 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Syracuse: D. Nichols 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Cincinnati 82, Syracuse 65

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Cedric McGowan and Jihad Muhammad each scored 19 points, James White had 18 and Cincinnati surged past Syracuse 82-65 on Wednesday night, dealing the Orange a severe blow to their postseason hopes.

It was the first of three straight home games against conference foes for the struggling Orange (17-8, 5-6 Big East), who have lost six of eight and fell behind the Bearcats (17-9, 5-5) in the conference standings. The victory avenged a 77-58 loss to the Orange a month ago.

Devan Downey had 16 points and seven assists, and Eric Hicks had eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Bearcats.

Eric Devendorf led the Orange with 15 points, Gerry McNamara had 14, Demetris Nichols 13, and Matt Gorman a career-high 10.

Cincinnati scored the first six points of the second half, and White had four of them as the Bearcats showed they weren't about to fold after losing a seven-point lead before the break.

White stole the ball from Nichols and scored on a fast-break layup, then followed that with a two-hand slam dunk to put the Bearcats up 46-41 less than 2 minutes in.

Two free throws by Hicks put Cincinnati up 57-50 at 12:52, and after Gorman's three-point play moved the Orange back within four points, the Bearcats took off.

Cincinnati sealed it with a 15-2 run that left the Carrier Dome crowd booing the home team.

A layup by Hicks and a follow slam and long jumper by McGowan got the Bearcats rolling as they easily beat Syracuse's pressing defense. Muhammad's three-point play off a steal from Nichols boosted the Cincinnati lead to 74-61 with 6:25 remaining as the Orange sputtered.

Syracuse scored only two baskets in the final eight minutes.

The Bearcats, led by White's 12 points, held the lead for most of the first half. But after White's hook in the lane at 14:05, Devendorf scored seven straight points to tie it at 18-all.

A 3-pointer by Nichols, one of four he made in the period, and a hook in the lane by Gorman gave the Orange their first lead, 27-24, as they took advantage of four straight turnovers by the Bearcats midway through the half.

Muhammad hit a 3 and a follow by Hicks, his only basket before the break, gave Cincinnati its biggest lead, 38-31, with 3:22 left. But McNamara and Nichols each hit 3-pointers as the Orange closed the period with a 10-4 run and took a 41-40 lead into the locker room.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 82 65
FG Made-Attempted 34-66 (.515) 25-59 (.424)
3P Made-Attempted 9-21 (.429) 8-22 (.364)
FT Made-Attempted 5-8 (.625) 7-12 (.583)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
Largest Lead 19 3

2005-06 Season

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