CINCINNATI -- Deonta Vaughn came off the bench for the first time since his freshman season and scored 16 points Saturday, leading Cincinnati to an 87-80 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.
The junior guard, who is the Bearcats' only double-digit scorer at 13.3 points per game, was out of the starting lineup against UAB (5-3) for the first time in 66 games. Coach Mick Cronin said it was a result of how Vaughn practiced leading up to the game.It was a noteworthy game for Vaughn -- a chance to play against his cousin, senior forward Robert Vaden. The two grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and remain close friends. Vaughn got into the game at 13:28 of the first half, with the Bearcats (6-1) down a point.He hit a 17-foot jumper and a 3-pointer during an 11-point run that put Cincinnati ahead to stay. UAB cut a 14-point deficit to 51-46 midway through the second half, but Mike Williams had a basket and a pair of free throws during a 13-2 spurt that ended the comeback.Vaden led the Blazers with 23 points.