UC 82, NICHOLLS ST. 48
Martin busts out

Tuesday, December 15, 1998

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Kenyon Martin reaches over Jason McCutcheon for one of his 13 rebounds.
(Michael Snyder photo)

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There is art to be found in a basketball box score, if you look closely enough and happen to view the right one. Check out the line, for instance, next to Kenyon Martin's name in the summary of the Cincinnati Bearcats' 82-48 victory Monday night over Nicholls State.

Each number as the eye moves to the right appears more impressive: 9-of-12 shooting, 13 rebounds, 22 points, four blocks, six steals.

This from a guy coach Bob Huggins earlier described as one whose contributions don't always show up in the box.

“They were making steals off the glass,” said Nicholls State coach Rickey Broussard, whose team fell to 1-8. “They weren't even blocking the shots.”

Somehow, the stat crew at the Shoemaker Center sorted it out.

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Jermaine Tate made his UC debut with 3 points, 6 rebounds and 1 T.
(AP photo)

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No. 4 UC (7-0) got 14 points from guard Melvin Levett and 11 from forward Aaron McGhee. Making his first appearance as a Bearcat, transfer forward Jermaine Tate had three points, six rebounds and one technical foul.

“We got off to a slow start,” Martin said, “and I was thinking to myself, "That's why you're here.' I got it into my mind that I had to take over the game, and for like five minutes I'd do whatever I could so I could go sit down and rest.”

Martin did not miss a shot until 16:54 remained, when he tried a turnaround jumper from the right post but caught the front of the rim. He'd made his first seven, only one of which was a dunk, and had a season-high 17 points soon after the break.

He moved into second place on the school's career blocks list, passing George Wilson, with one of the most spectacular of his career. Martin caught a layup attempt by the Colonels' Zach Ray with both hands, then threw an outlet pass that led to an alley-oop dunk by McGhee to make it a 61-28 UC lead.

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Tate stands over Shawn Myrick after Myrick dove after a loose ball.
(Michael Snyder photo)

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It wasn't with points, blocks or rebounds, though, that Martin had his greatest impact on the game. UC had been trying to break down opponents with an all-out, man-to-man pressure defense, figuring the Bearcats had the necessary speed to run down any opponents who broke into the forecourt.

Both Southwestern Louisiana and Nicholls had success throwing long inbound passes, though, past the midcourt line. Huggins switched to a 1-2-2 zone press, placing Martin at the front and Nicholls State in imminent danger. He said he did it out of “frustration,” with UC still behind 11-10 with 10:33 left in the half.

“It disrupts any ballhandler that our opponent may have,” Levett said. We just weren't ready to play.”

Martin scored three consecutive baskets for the Bearcats, two on perimeter jumpers.

“He was more assertive than what he's been,” Huggins said.

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Pete Mickeal blocks a shot.
(Michael Snyder photo)

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Martin's presence at the front of the zone press panicked the Colonels. They lost the ball to steals four times in six trips and did not score a field goal from the 12:48 mark until 3:40 remained.

Nicholls' only points between three-pointers by Linzie Green and Zach Ray came on six free throws. UC scored 22 points in that stretch and opened a 32-15 lead.

“I don't just look at the blocks and points,” Martin said. “I look at the turnovers, things I can cut down on. I look at the turnovers, fouls, free throws.”

He had three turnovers, three fouls and was 4-of-7 from the line.

“Outside of that, I had a pretty good game.”

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NICHOLLS ST (48)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
J Mccutcheon    19   4-5   2-2   0-0  0  5   10
Worrell         17   0-2   0-0   3-3  0  5    0
Wright          21   0-1   0-3   1-7  1  4    0
T Mccutcheon    25   0-4   1-2   1-4  1  2    1
Howard          26   1-7   0-1   1-1  2  4    2
Green           14   1-4   3-4   1-3  0  1    6
Williams        21   3-5   2-3   0-2  0  0    8
Blake           12   1-5   0-0   0-0  0  4    2
Ray             17  5-13   0-1   0-4  0  0   14
Marie           14   0-1   1-2   0-1  0  1    1
Beaudean         6   0-1   1-2   0-2  2  1    1
Jones            5   1-1   0-0   1-1  0  0    2
Jessie           3   0-0   1-2   0-0  0  1    1
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TOTALS         200 16-49 11-22  8-28  6 28   48
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Percentages: FG-.327, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals:
5-16, .313 (T Mccutcheon 0-1, Howard 0-3, Green
1-3, Ray 4-8, Beaudean 0-1). Team rebounds: 4.
Blocked shots: 2 (Green, Williams). Turnovers: 32
(T Mccutcheon 7, Green 6, Howard 6, Wright 3,
Beaudean 2, J Mccutcheon 2, Worrell 2, Marie,
Williams). Steals: 6 (Green 2, Ray 2, Howard,
Williams).


CINCINNATI (82)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Fletcher        18   0-3   2-2   1-5  1  3    2
Mickeal         20   4-7   0-0   1-1  1  0    8
Martin          22  9-12   4-7  3-13  2  3   22
Levett          21   5-8   0-2   1-1  3  0   14
Logan           15   2-3   0-0   0-2  3  2    5
Horton          16   0-2  5-10   0-2  4  1    5
Tate            18   1-3   1-3   1-6  1  4    3
Little          10   0-0   1-2   0-1  0  0    1
Mitchell        12   0-2   0-0   0-0  3  1    0
Myrick          12   0-2   0-0   0-0  3  2    0
Land            11   2-4   0-2   1-2  0  1    4
Mcghee          22   4-7   3-4   5-7  1  4   11
Meacham          3   3-4   0-0   0-0  0  1    7
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TOTALS         200 30-57 16-32 13-40 22 22   82
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Percentages: FG-.526, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals:
6-12, .500 (Levett 4-4, Logan 1-2, Mitchell 0-1,
Myrick 0-2, Mcghee 0-1, Meacham 1-2). Team
rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 9 (Martin 4, Mickeal,
Fletcher, Levett, Tate, Little). Turnovers: 19
(Martin 3, Mickeal 3, Horton 2, Little 2, Mcghee
2, Tate 2, Fletcher, Logan, Mitchell, Myrick).
Steals: 16 (Martin 6, Horton 2, Mickeal 2,
Mitchell 2, Myrick 2, Land, Mcghee).
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Nicholls St        23   25  -   48
Cincinnati         39   43  -   82
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Technical fouls: Cincinnati 1 (Tate).  A: 12,618.
Officials: Tom Rucker, Curtis Shaw, Larry Rose.