Cincinnati 69, Louisville 66

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 and

seventh-ranked West Virginia.

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.