Thursday, February 18, 1999
Guevara target of Bearcat fans
BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
UNCC guard Diego Guevara was harrassed by the Shoemaker Center crowd in part because he won the first meeting between the 49ers and Bearcats with his four late three-pointers, in part because he celebrated those shots by blowing kisses to his wife in the stands and in part because he tried (successfully) to talk UC's Kenyon Martin into missing a decisive free throw.
Guevara said he expected the treatment because he'd heard his gesture to Martin was being criticized in Cincinnati. He said he was unaware it was against the rules in college basketball because it's something that is regularly done when he plays internationally with the Venezuela national team.
Guevera was hit with a quarter thrown from the stands in the first half, leading coach Bob Huggins to take the P.A. microphone and lecture the audience:
Folks, in spite of the fact there's people that have no class in this league, we have class here. If you see somebody in front of you throwing something on the floor, get 'em, we're throwing 'em out.
Conference USA recognized there was a problem with its championship tournament when UNC Charlotte dozed through last season's title game against UC because of playing a semifinal that ended nearly at midnight and a title game that began early the next afternoon.
So what did the league do? Nothing.
In fact, at the request of CBS, there will be even less time between the semifinal games Friday, March 5 and the title game the following day.
The semifinals begin at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Central time at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. The title game is set for 11:30 the next morning.
UC's .839 free throw shooting was its best in 38 games, dating to an .842 effort last season against DePaul
This was the first time all season UC failed to block a shot.
UC freshman Eugene Land played 10 minutes after missing Sunday's game with a sprained knee, but he did not score.
UC's 6-of-15 three-point shooting was its first .400 or better effort since the Bearcats shot 7-of-13 against UNCC in Charlotte.
UC plays its final home game of the season Sunday against Louisville at 3:30 p.m.
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