Monday, March 15, 1999
Martin mum on NBA plans
BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
BOSTON UC center Kenyon Martin talked about how hard it was to stomach the Bearcats' defeat against Temple in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but he would not say whether he'd return to write a different ending to his college career.
Martin is considering leaving the Bearcats to enter the NBA draft. He told some teammates before the Conference USA tournament he was planning to depart.
Coach Bob Huggins has talked to scouts who are interested in Martin's athleticism and defensive skills, but Huggins believes Martin would be better served spending another year with the Bearcats to polish his offense and to avoid being buried in the draft by the top seniors and higher-rated underclassmen such as William Avery and Elton Brand of Duke, Ron Artest of St. John's and Lamar Odom of Rhode Island.
It'll be a hard decision to make, and it'll be well thought out, Martin said. If I find out I need to go, I'll go. If I need to stay, I'll stay.
Point guard Steve Logan broke a three-game shooting slump by going 4-for-10 from three-point range. He finished with 43 three-pointers and 293 points in his freshman season.
It was good that I hit some shots, but I would rather trade in my shots for a win any day, Logan said. My season is over. I'd rather be playing next Friday.
UC forward Pete Mickeal was held to eight points and four shots by Temple. The shots tied his career low, and the points were his lowest figure since he scored six in a loss at Saint Louis.
In the Bearcats' six defeats, Mickeal averaged 9.5 points. The Temple game was his eighth single-figure game in 33 as a Bearcat. UC was 4-4 in those games.
I let my team down, Mickeal said. That's how I feel right now.
UC's last desperate gasp to get back into the game was exhausted when official David C. Hall awarded possession to the Owls and a fresh 35-second clock with 7:18 left, ruling Bearcats forward Ryan Fletcher had gained possession and stepped out of bounds just before the shot clock expired on Temple.
UC was behind 12 at the time and seemed to have little life, but that disputed call seemed to end any chance for a comeback.
Hall has made curious calls in the tournament before. In a 1995 Sweet 16 game, he called a hand-check on Memphis point guard Chris Garner from behind the play, where it was impossible to see if Garner struck Arkansas' Corey Beck. A Beck free throw sent that game into overtime, which the Razorbacks won and headed toward the Final Four.
TEMPLE 64, CINCINNATI 54
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