Sunday, February 07, 1999

UC NOTEBOOK


Martin fuming over few minutes, many fouls

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Kenyon Martin was unhappy, yet not upset, with his points (two) and rebounds (one) against DePaul.

        Martin was more upset about his minutes (18) and personal fouls (five). It was his third disqualification this season. He fouled out with 29 seconds left and did not play in the overtime period.

        “What happened? You know the answer to that,” Martin said.

        Martin and DePaul forward Lance Williams both were called for a double-technical foul for harsh language they exchanged in the second half. That counted as one personal foul each.

        The final foul was an odd call, as it appeared Martin and DePaul forward Quentin Richardson brushed against one another chasing a rebound. The officials whistled a foul against Martin and sent Williams, instead of Richardson,to the line.

Trash
        Richardson was not offended that UC guard Melvin Levett talked trash during the game, but he did remember.

        “When we were down eight, Levett said to me, "Looks like you guys are going to lose another one.' I didn't say anything, but when Willie (Coleman) made the free throw and we won, I thought, "Now I can say something.'”

In the horizon
        The crowd of 15,816 was the largest for a DePaul game since the Blue Demons drew more than 17,000 against Notre Dame on March 7, 1992.

        Saturday's crowd was swollen by a large contingent of Cincinnati fans, a group of 50 from Rock Island, Ill., to see hometown product Pete Mickeal and more from Aurora, Ill., to see UC forward Aaron McGhee.

Home run II
       

        If you thought UC might never again score on a court-length pass because so many have seen a replay of the Levett dunk that beat Duke, well, that's one thing the Bearcats did right against DePaul.

        When Richardson made a free throw with four seconds left, UC guard Michael Horton floated behind the defense and caught a 90-foot pass from forward Ryan Fletcher — the same player who initiated the Duke play — and layed it in for a 26-22 halftime lead.

Fresh frosh
        As opposed to the first UC-DePaul game, when the Blue Demons' three gifted freshmen (Richardson, Bobby Simmons, Williams) were held to 3-of-16 shooting and 15 points in the first half at the Shoe, they scored all of DePaul's 22 first-half points and 49 points total Saturday.

Can't score
        The 49 points UC scored in regulation was their lowest total since Jan. 23, 1994, a span of 187 games.

        • This was the first game UC lost after leading at the half. They were 20-0.

       



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