Upset Special: Cincy Beats Louisville

Published on: 11th March, 2010

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Upset Special: Cincy Beats Louisville

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin reacts after receiving a technical foul in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  | read this item

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NEW YORK — Deonta Vaughn made two free throws with 5.9 seconds left then made the game-saving strip just before the buzzer and Cincinnati beat Louisville 69-66 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.

The 11th-seeded Bearcats (18-14), who had never won a game in the tournament until Tuesday’s opening-round win over Rutgers, advanced to the quarterfinals against third-seeded West Virginia (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP).

“Well, obviously, a big win for our team,” said Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin. “We attacked the basket tonight. Guys did a great job in the second half and we ended up with 40 points in the paint.”

Edgar Sosa had 28 points for the defending champion Cardinals (20-12), but he was stripped by Vaughn as he was headed toward a possible game-tying 3-point attempt.

Yancy Gates had 16 points for Cincinnati, which finished with a 54-33 rebound advantage, including 28-9 on the offensive end. Vaughn had 10 points

Reginald Delk hit a 3 with 9.7 seconds left to bring Louisville within 67-66 before Vaughn’s free throws made it a three-point game.

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