Friday, March 02, 2001
UC 77, South Florida 66
Logan pours in 31 points for Bearcats
By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer
TAMPA, Fla. Steve Logan has worked hard to improve his conditioning. The University of Cincinnati junior, considered overweight early in his career, wanted to be fresher at the end of games, able to make free throws or hit the big shots if his team needed him to.
| ZOOM |
And he did.
Logan scored 31 points one shy of his career high and made eight of eight free throw attempts in the final 1:13 Thursday night as the Bearcats got past South Florida 77-66 at the Sun Dome.
The 6-foot guard finished 11-of-11 from the foul line, tying a UC record for single-game free throw percentage. This is the seventh time a Bearcat has shot 100 percent with a minimum of 10 attempts; it is Logan's second time. He is 19-of-19 over the past two games.
That's what I've worked for, just getting in shape and being able to go to the line and make free throws down the stretch, Logan said. I knew they needed to foul, and I was trying to keep my hands on the ball.
I'm doing what it takes to win. I'm a competitor. Whatever I've got to do, pass or shoot the ball in, that's what I'm going to do.
Said UC coach Bob Huggins with a smile: He's always been a tough guy, he was just a fat, tough guy. Now he's not that anymore.
| ZOOM |
The Bearcats did exactly what they had to do to put themselves in position to win their sixth consecutive Conference USA regular-season title.
They rebounded. They defended. They played hard until the final buzzer and outscored USF 16-7 in the final five minutes.
The Bearcats (20-8) are in sole possession of first place in Conference USA's American Division at 10-5 one game ahead of Charlotte and Marquette and are tied with Southern Mississippi and Memphis for the best conference record. Cincinnati has clinched a first-round bye for the conference tournament (March 7-10 at Louisville).
If UC beats DePaul on Saturday, it will win the division, at least tie for the regular-season title and earn the
No.1 seed in the conference tournament because it has defeated Memphis and Southern Miss and would win tiebreakers with each.
If UC loses at DePaul, it will tie for the American Division title with the winner of Saturday's Marquette-Charlotte game.
| ZOOM |
South Florida drops to 17-11, 9-6 and finishes the regular season at Southern Miss on Saturday. UC has beaten the Bulls 10 consecutive times and handed them their second loss in 13 home games this season.
The Bearcats have won six of their past seven games. They are 23-0 against C-USA National Division teams since the two-division format started in 1997-98.
Honestly, at halftime, I thought we were really playing tentative, Huggins said. We weren't near as aggressive defensively as what we've been. The second half, I thought we attacked more. Leonard (Stokes) was good. Lo was good.
(Logan) didn't force anything. That's what I'm most pleased about. He carried us without forcing anything. He let the game come to him.
UC won the rebounding battle 48-39, with B.J. Grove and Donald Little getting 10 apiece.
South Florida started the second half on a 15-6 run and held its largest lead at 47-44. As he would all night, Logan answered for the Bearcats with back-to-back 3-pointers, putting UC ahead 50-47.
The Cincinnati lead reached seven (61-54) with 6:27 remaining. But the Bulls came back to within 61-59 after a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Reggie Kohn.
UC's next points came when Stokes rebounded a missed transition layup by Logan and dunked it in for a 63-59 advantage. On its next four possessions, USF turned the ball over three times and missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation.
The Bearcats took more than a minute off the clock but missed five shots on their next possession. Altron Jackson missed a 3-pointer for the Bulls. Teammate Cedric Smith rebounded and tried a hook in the paint that was blocked by Little.
Stokes was fouled, made two free throws and put UC ahead 65-59 with 1:40 to play. Logan's free throws sealed the victory.
South Florida went 4:15 down the stretch without scoring.
Stokes added 18 points and seven rebounds, and Immanuel McElroy scored 13 for UC. Stokes scored the last seven points of the first half for the Bearcats and sent them into the locker room with a 38-32 lead after nailing an NBA-range 3-pointer as time expired.
South Florida junior forward B.B. Waldon, USF's No.2 scorer (17.1 ppg) and the preseason pick for C-
USA Player of the Year, had just one basket in the first 20 minutes and finished with only eight points. UC's Jamaal Davis guarded him most of the night.
Huggins lobbies to make Logan MVP
UC women pin NCAA hopes on C-USA tourney
UC's King win conference honor
fg ft rb
min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp
Davis 30 4-11 0-0 2-5 2 2 8
Mcelroy 24 6-11 1-3 2-5 3 1 13
Grove 16 2-7 0-0 6-10 1 3 4
Satterfield 32 1-7 0-0 3-4 2 1 3
Logan 27 8-16 11-11 0-4 1 2 31
Williams 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Jones 17 0-8 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Stokes 23 5-11 6-6 3-7 1 3 18
Little 25 0-1 0-0 5-10 1 2 0
TOTALS 200 26-73 18-20 21-46 11 15 77
Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals:
7-22, .318 (Mcelroy 0-2, Grove 0-1, Satterfield
1-4, Logan 4-8, Williams 0-1, Jones 0-3, Stokes
2-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 1
(Little). Turnovers: 14 (Logan 3, Satterfield 3,
Stokes 3, Little 2, Davis, Grove). Steals: 8
(Satterfield 4, Mcelroy 2, Little, Logan).
SOUTH FLORIDA (66)
fg ft rb
min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp
Sanders 22 2-4 2-6 2-6 0 3 6
Reeves 25 4-6 0-0 2-5 0 0 8
Waldon 37 3-7 1-3 2-6 3 4 8
Smith 36 3-9 0-1 3-8 6 3 7
Kohn 31 4-10 2-2 0-2 11 1 14
Jackson 30 8-21 0-0 0-4 1 3 17
Morris 15 3-5 0-0 2-6 0 1 6
Baxter 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Mcdonald 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
TOTALS 200 27-62 5-12 11-37 21 15 66
Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.417. 3-Point Goals:
7-17, .412 (Waldon 1-2, Smith 1-3, Kohn 4-9,
Jackson 1-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 4
(Sanders 2, Jackson, Morris). Turnovers: 20
(Waldon 7, Kohn 4, Morris 2, Sanders 2, Smith 2,
Jackson, Reeves). Steals: 7 (Smith 4, Kohn,
Cincinnati 38 39 - 77
South Florida 32 34 - 66
Technical fouls: None. A: 8,111. Officials: Jim
Burr, Ted Hillary, Mark Whitehead.
Harnisch expects trade from Reds
Labor worries cast shadow over season
Grass is greener at Cinergy Field
DAUGHERTY: Wohlers' story best in baseball
Game Report: Reds 3, Indians 3
Larkin doesn't notice new strike zone
Dykstra quits as Single-A manager
Bengals' test: Will they sign top free agent?
Akili pleads not guilty to DUI
Bengals sign O'Dwyer, cut Carter
Pickens, Stubblefield among NFL cuts
Sato's defense has come a long way
Xavier women sweep A-10's top honors
Xavier women hope to land NCAA home games
NKU men advance in tourney
Miami to host MAC tourney game
Prather sets record at Turfway
Moeller puts 8 in state wrestling quarterfinals
Div. I wrestling results
Div. II wrestling results
Div. III wrestling results
State gymnastics preview
Boys basketball coverage
Girls basketball coverage
No. 2 West Hi guns for No. 1 Winton Woods
Girls district basketball preview
Mariemont routs Batavia for sectional title
Dixie Heights moves past Lloyd to finals
N.Ky. boys basketball games
N.Ky. girls basketball games
Ohio boys basketball scores
Ohio girls basketball scores
Indiana boys basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores