Monday, February 19, 2001

Marquette 66, UC 63

Bearcats stop rebounding, blow big lead

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Bob Huggins yells at his players as time slips away in OT.
(Craig Ruttle photos)
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        It all sounded too familiar. Echoing his comments from after the University of Cincinnati's loss at Marquette last month, coach Bob Huggins again bemoaned his team's rebounding after its 66-63 overtime loss to the Golden Eagles on Sunday night at Shoemaker Center.

        “We got out-toughed,” Huggins said. “We got outrebounded 17-4 to start the second half. What do you want me to tell you? That's the game. We didn't rebound the ball. We stand and watch. You could at least stand between your guy and the basket and make them run around you.”

        Marquette finished with a 40-35 rebounding advantage, including 17 offensive boards.

        UC blew a golden opportunity to own one of the best records in Conference USA. Instead, the Bearcats squandered a 14-point first-half lead and now need help if they are to win a sixth consecutive C-USA regular-season title.

        The Bearcats (17-8) saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. They are 7-5 in C-USA and tied with Charlotte for second place in the American Division, one game behind Marquette. UC is also one game behind Marquette, South Florida and Memphis for the best record in the league.

Kenny Satterfield misses a 3 on UC's last possession.
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        Marquette (13-10, 8-4) defeated UC for the second time this season and handed the Bearcats only their second home loss ever in C-USA play. UC is 40-2 all-time in C-USA games at Shoemaker Center.

        In the Golden Eagles' 47-44 victory in Milwaukee, they outrebounded UC by 12. The Bearcats did a decent job in the first half Sunday and had a 19-14 advantage on the boards.

        Huggins said he told his team on the way out for the second half: “They're playing for their lives, just like we are. They're coming after you now. They've got nothing to lose.”

        UC, which led by nine at halftime, trailed by eight with 6:26 left but rallied with a 9-1 run to send the game into overtime.

        Cincinnati had a chance to win it at the end of regulation. With time running out, Kenny Satterfield, who hit a last-second basket to beat Memphis Thursday night, missed a jumper. Immanuel McElroy rebounded but couldn't get off much of a shot.

        The Golden Eagles got the ball first in OT and scored three points on the possession. Senior Brian Wardle made one of two free throws, but Scott Merritt rebounded the missed second shot. Oluoma Nnamaka was fouled and made both free throws.

        Cincinnati was playing catchup again.

        McElroy, who scored a career-high 16 points, scored the game's next five points. He completed a three-point play to put UC ahead 61-59 with 1:15 remaining.

        Timeout Marquette.

Jamaal Davis struggles with Marquette's Oluoma Nnamaka.
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        Wardle went up for a 3-pointer and was fouled by McElroy with 54.4 seconds to go. Wardle made all three shots, and the Golden Eagles led by one.

        After a UC timeout, McElroy drove the lane and missed a running jumper.

        Marquette point guard Cordell Henry rebounded, was fouled and made two foul shots. UC trailed 64-61 with 29.1 seconds to go.

        Satterfield drove to the basket for a layin, and UC called its last timeout with 19.9 seconds left. Marquette couldn't inbound and had to call its final timeout.

        UC fouled Brian Barone with 12.1 seconds to go, and he made both free throws.

        On the Bearcats' final possession, Satterfield missed a deep 3. Donald Little rebounded and was fouled trying to go back up with a shot with 3.9 seconds remaining. Little injured his thumb on the play, and Leonard Stokes came in to shoot for him. He missed both foul shots. Marquette rebounded.

        Game over.

        Marquette won without making a field goal in the final 11:50. It made 10 of 11 free throws in overtime.

        “Just a gutsy win,” Marquette coach Tom Crean said.

        Steve Logan led UC in scoring for the 11th consecutive game with 19 points but he had to work for it. He was just 6-of-17 from the field. Satterfield added 15 but his miss at the end of regulation was the sixth time he failed to convert in the final seconds of a game.

        “The fallacy is that Satterfield and Logan are going to make every shot,” Huggins said. “They're not. They can only do so much.”
        Wardle, the No. 2 all-time scorer in Conference USA history, scored 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting. The guy who really hurt the Bearcats was Nnamaka, who scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, and had nine rebounds.

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                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Blankson        27   1-3   1-2   1-4  0  2    3
Mueller          5   0-0   0-0   0-2  0  0    0
Nnamaka         36  6-10   6-8   2-9  0  2   19
Henry           45  3-12   2-2   2-3  5  3    8
Wardle          40  7-16   4-5   1-3  2  4   22
Merritt         19   4-7   0-0   5-5  1  3    8
Barone          24   0-1   2-2   0-3  1  1    2
Harris          13   1-2   0-0   0-2  1  3    2
Clausen         16   1-2   0-1   3-6  0  0    2
TOTALS         225 23-53 15-20 14-37 10 18   66

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
5-16, .313 (Blankson 0-1, Nnamaka 1-1, Henry 0-4,
Wardle 4-9, Barone 0-1). Team rebounds: 3.
Blocked shots: 5 (Blankson 2, Nnamaka, Merritt,
Barone). Turnovers: 15 (Henry 6, Nnamaka 3,
Wardle 2, Barone, Merritt). Steals: 1 (Henry).

                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Davis            8   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  2    0
Mcelroy         41  6-11   4-7   5-7  4  2   16
Grove           25   2-4   1-3   3-6  0  3    5
Satterfield     43  5-16   2-2   0-2  4  2   15
Logan           37  6-17   4-4   0-2  2  4   19
Williams         6   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Jones           26   2-8   1-2   5-5  0  0    6
Stokes           8   0-1   0-2   1-3  0  3    0
Crawford         1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Little          30   1-4   0-0   2-6  1  3    2
TOTALS         225 22-62 12-20 17-34 11 19   63

Percentages: FG-.355, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals:
7-21, .333 (Satterfield 3-9, Logan 3-7, Williams
0-1, Jones 1-3, Stokes 0-1). Team rebounds: 1.
Blocked shots: 4 (Little 3, Satterfield).
Turnovers: 8 (Logan 3, Little 2, Mcelroy 2,
Satterfield). Steals: 8 (Satterfield 2, Davis,
Grove, Jones, Little, Logan, Mcelroy).
Marquette          25   31   10  -   66
Cincinnati         34   22    7  -   63
Technical fouls: None.  A: 13,176. Officials: Ted
Hillary, Tim Higgins, Curtis Shaw.

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