Saturday, March 10, 2001

UC bom-boarded by Charlotte


Bearcats don't rebound, lose C-USA title

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Kenny Satterfield cries on the bench.
(Jeff Swinger photos)
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        LOUISVILLE — The University of Cincinnati was cruising toward the Conference USA Tournament championship Saturday, leading Charlotte 48-42 with 16:30 remaining when the lid dropped on the basket.

        The Bearcats went 0-of-9 from the field and missed six 3-point tries over a span of 5:15 while being outscored 11-0.

        Charlotte's lead reached 15 points before UC attempted to rally late. But the Bearcats never got closer than 76-70 with 1:30 left, and went home disappointed after an 80-72 defeat.

        UC lost before a mostly pro-Bearcat crowd of 8,680 at Freedom Hall for two reasons:

        • It could not hit shots against Charlotte's zone defense, which the 49ers stayed in most of the second half. The Bearcats were 1-of-14 (.071) from 3-point range in the game's final 20 minutes.

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Satterfield charges
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        • Charlotte, 11th in the conference in rebounding margin in the regular season, won the rebounding battle 45-29, and had 16 offensive rebounds and 22 second-chance points. The 49ers' big men (KenKay Jones, Rodney White and Cam Stephens) combined for 45 points and 22 rebounds. Jones tied his career high with 18 points; he came in averaging 4.8 points a game.

        “We just got beat to the ball,” UC forward Jamaal Davis said. “They wanted it more and they fought to get position.”

        “Next year, I think I am going to institute a rule that every time (our post players) stand and don't go rebound the ball, they lose meal money,” UC coach Huggins said. “Because they ought to have to pay like everybody else to watch. And we're letting them in free.”

        The Bearcats did not want to use being fatigued as an excuse. But their Friday game did not end until after 10:15p.m., and they had to play less than 14 hours later.

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Logan's shot is blocked by Rodney White.
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        “We wanted to play the first half as quick as we could,” Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz said. “I know what they went through because we were in the same position a couple of years ago when we had the late game.”

        “It's a championship game,” UC guard Steve Logan said. “Tired. Sick. All that goes out the window. That shouldn't come into play.”

        But it did.

        Kenny Satterfield (18 points), Leonard Stokes (15) and Logan (14) were a combined 6-of-25 (.240) from the field in the second half after going 11-of-21 (.524) in the first half.

        UC has been outrebounded four straight games and eight of the last 11.

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CHARLOTTE (80)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Jones           32  8-11   2-5   2-6  1  3   18
White           26  7-12   0-0   3-8  3  4   17
Thomas          30   2-7   4-4   0-1  0  2   10
Zimmerman       25   2-6   3-4   2-9  4  1    7
Guevara         27  3-10   1-2   0-2  3  1    8
Stephens        21   4-6   2-4   4-8  1  1   10
Brown           17   2-6   0-0   0-3  2  2    6
Johnson         21   2-4   0-0   3-5  1  2    4
Je Williams      1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 30-62 12-19 14-42 15 16   80
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Percentages: FG-.484, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals:
8-21, .381 (White 3-4, Thomas 2-5, Zimmerman 0-1,
Guevara 1-5, Brown 2-6). Team rebounds: 3.
Blocked shots: 7 (Jones 5, White, Guevara).
Turnovers: 11 (Brown 2, Guevara 2, Johnson 2,
Stephens 2, White 2, Thomas). Steals: 2 (Je
Williams, Johnson).


CINCINNATI (72)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Davis           14   2-4   0-2   1-5  0  3    4
Grove           12   0-0   0-0   0-3  1  1    0
Satterfield     37  6-19   4-4   1-4  4  5   18
Logan           34  5-14   2-2   0-1  3  1   14
Mcelroy         21   1-4   3-4   0-0  5  3    5
Crawford         5   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  2    0
Little          32   3-5   2-2   3-7  0  2    8
Stokes          27  6-13   1-1   2-2  0  1   15
Jones           13   2-2   1-1   0-2  0  1    6
Williams         5   1-2   0-0   1-2  0  0    2
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TOTALS         200 26-63 13-16  8-27 13 19   72
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Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals:
7-25, .280 (Satterfield 2-10, Logan 2-5, Mcelroy
0-1, Stokes 2-7, Jones 1-1, Williams 0-1). Team
rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 3 (Satterfield,
Little, Jones). Turnovers: 4 (Logan 2,
Satterfield 2). Steals: 6 (Satterfield 3, Stokes
2, Mcelroy).
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Charlotte          35   45  -   80
Cincinnati         40   32  -   72
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 8,680. Officials: Jim
Burr, Steve Welmer, Steve Olson.


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