CINCINNATI (AP) - Deonta Vaughn led a crushing first-half run, and Cincinnati had one of its best days from behind the 3-point arc Thursday night, setting up a 75-63 victory over Mississippi State in the first of two games matching Big East and Southeastern Conference teams.
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury made the trip despite being hospitalized earlier in the week for a viral infection. He had a look of anguish on his face as the Bulldogs got shredded in the first half. Cincinnati (8-2) made a season-high 12 3-pointers, nine of them in the first half. Jarvis Varnado scored a career-high 24 for Mississippi State (7-4).
Vaughn led 20-2 run that closed the first half and put the Bearcats in control at 47-29. Vaughn made four 3-pointers and a driving bank shot in the spurt, scoring 14 points in four minutes.
He finished with 16 points and six assists. Varnado led a 12-point run that cut the deficit to 55-48 midway through the second half, but the Bulldogs got no closer.