Sunday, February 06, 2000

UC NOTEBOOK


Logan stars as reserve

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Steve Logan stayed on the bench for two minutes at the start, five minutes for the afternoon. He launched 11 shots, made eight and passed for five assists.

        Maybe life as a sixth man isn't so bad.

        UC made the change to Kenny Satterfield as the starting point guard too late for Logan to qualify for Conference USA's sixth man award, but there aren't many teams getting efforts off the bench like the one Logan delivered in Saturday's 93-80 victory at UAB.

        “I'm comfortable with it,” Logan said, “but I don't want to be that comfortable with it. I want to be starting again. That's my goal. But I also want to win. Whatever it takes.”

        Since moving to the bench, Logan has been able to focus more on making open jump shots. He was 4-of-6 from 3-point range against the Blazers, making him 10-of-17 following the change.

        Logan has not asked about what he needs to do to start again.

        “I can't question his authority about what he wants to do toward the team,” Logan said of UC coach Bob Huggins. “I just go out and play.”

Gotta be the shoes
        The bus driver who ferried the Bearcats around Charlotte, N.C., late last week executed a face-saving maneuver on the night of the UC-UNCC game: He loaned his dress shoes to assistant coach Dan Peters.

Peters discovered when he was getting ready for the game he'd brought along nothing but sneakers — he blamed his wife, Nancy — so he put those on along with his suit as the team prepared to leave for the game. Peters then got the idea to switch shoes with the driver, who also wore size 101/2 — but Peters wears a narrow shoe and the driver had size EEE.

        “Pete had to shuffle along so he wouldn't walk right out of his shoes,” Huggins said.

Break up
        It was impressive to see the Bearcats run so eagerly when they were playing their second game in fewer than 40 hours. The fast break helped Satterfield pass for eight assists, giving him an average of 6.8 in his four games as a starter

        “We played with people who wanted to transition with us,” Huggins said, “and that's a whole lot different than people who come down and pass the ball for 34 seconds. That's what this league has become.”


       



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