Friday, March 16, 2001

UC puts on a show


Grove, Jones stand out in rout of BYU

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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B.J. Grove
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        SAN DIEGO — Because this has sometimes been an unpredictable University of Cincinnati team, perhaps it shouldn't be so surprising that B.J. Grove and Antwan Jones gave the Bearcats a big-time boost Thursday night.

        But it was.

        UC, the fifth seed in the West Region, blew past No.12 seed Brigham Young 84-59 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before 10,974 fans at San Diego State's Cox Arena.

        Grove set the tone with eight points in the first 11 minutes; that's more than he's scored since Jan.29 against Tulane when he totaled nine points (13 games ago). He finished with 11 points — one shy of his career high — and grabbed five rebounds. The 6-foot-11 sophomore also made five of six free throws; he had gone 2-of-8 in the previous six games.

        Jones scored eight of his 11 points in the first half. Over the previous six games, he had totaled just 12 points on 5-of-21 shooting. He had three 3-pointers after making just two of his previous 13 attempts from behind the arc and scored more than he has since Feb.3 against DePaul.

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        “I've got nothing to say,” was Jones' only comment afterward.

        “Everyone knows Antwan can play,” sophomore guard Kenny Satterfield said. “It's just a matter of his getting his confidence back. If anybody starts scoring, it helps me and Lo (Steve Logan).”

        Cincinnati meets No.13 seed Kent State at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the second round. The Golden Flashes (24-9) upset fourth-seeded Indiana 77-73 Thursday night.

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Donald Little
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        Kent, which defeated Miami in the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game last Saturday night, has won four straight and five of six games.

        “(Kent coach) Gary Waters does a great job with them,” UC coach Bob Huggins said. “Their guards are great. They create a lot of baskets, a lot like our team ...”

        UC, a 3 1/2-point favorite against BYU, was ahead by five at intermission, then opened the second half with a 12-2 run, capped by three 3-pointers (Jones, Satterfield and Logan).

        The Bearcats were not finished. After another Logan 3 and a dunk by Donald Little, UC led 54-34 with 13:41 left. The deficit reached 27.

        Logan led UC with 21 points, his 19th consecutive game in double figures. Satterfield added 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

        “The whole emphasis in the last couple of days was if we got on the block we had to score,” Grove said. “I just tried to take advantage of my opportunities. It was kind of unexpected, because I don't really score that much in the post. I think that was a big lift for us.

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        “After we started scoring inside, the outside shooting started going. We just were clicking as a team. It looked like we tired them out the first half. They weren't on their toes like they were.”

        The Bearcats (24-9) are 9-1 in first-round games under 12th-year coach Bob Huggins, who won his 300th game at UC. The only time they trailed all night was at 2-0. They have won seven of their past eight.

        The Cougars (24-9), winners of the Mountain West Conference tournament, saw a five-game winning streak come to an end.

        “We came here focused to win,” Satterfield said. “In the first half, we weren't making the right (defensive) rotations. We were giving guys wide-open shots. In the second half, we made those rotations. Our defense is always the key for our team.”

        UC did everything it wanted to do.

        It went inside and scored. It outrebounded BYU 32-24. It made 11 of 19 field goals from 3-point range. And it did a pretty good job defensively on BYU's three main offensive weapons.

        Mekeli Wesley (17.0 ppg), the Mountain West Conference player of the year, was double-teamed almost every time he touched the ball. He scored 25 points but most of those came after UC was ahead by more than 20.

        “It was a pretty hard double-team,” Wesley said. “It seemed frustrating for me to try to pass out of it. It made me play a bit tentative.”

        Terrell Lyday (16.5 ppg) had four fouls with 12:45 still remaining and finished with 12 points. Trent Whiting (14.3) finished with 12 points and made three 3s.

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BYU (59)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Wesley          34  8-15   8-9   2-4  4  4   25
Cooper          16   0-1   0-0   0-2  0  2    0
Knight          13   1-3   0-0   1-2  0  0    2
Whiting         35  4-10   1-2   1-4  0  2   12
Lyday           25  5-11   2-4   1-1  1  4   12
Hansen          13   1-7   0-0   4-7  0  0    2
Archibald        2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Bobik           18   2-4   1-3   0-1  0  1    6
Shippen          2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Nielsen         22   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  2    0
Montague        12   0-0   0-0   0-0  2  1    0
Chrisman         4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Howard           2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Dawes            2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
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TOTALS         200 21-52 12-18  9-22  7 21   59
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Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals:
5-15, .333 (Wesley 1-2, Whiting 3-8, Lyday 0-2,
Hansen 0-1, Bobik 1-2). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked
shots: 1 (Cooper). Turnovers: 13 (Lyday 4, Wesley
4, Whiting 4, Chrisman). Steals: 3 (Wesley 2,
Lyday).


CINCINNATI (84)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Davis           15   1-2   0-0   0-1  1  3    2
Mcelroy         26   2-3   1-3   2-3  2  1    5
Grove           17   3-5   5-6   2-5  1  4   11
Satterfield     35  4-11   4-4   1-7  2  1   14
Logan           30  6-12   5-6   0-4  2  1   21
Williams         4   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    3
Jones           22   4-7   0-0   1-4  0  3   11
Stokes          25   3-5   3-4   1-2  0  1    9
Flowers          3   1-2   0-0   0-1  0  0    3
Crawford         4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  3    0
Little          19   2-3   1-2   2-5  0  3    5
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TOTALS         200 27-51 19-25  9-32  8 20   84
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Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals:
11-19, .579 (Satterfield 2-4, Logan 4-6, Williams
1-1, Jones 3-4, Stokes 0-2, Flowers 1-2). Team
rebounds: None. Blocked shots: 6 (Little 3, Jones
2, Flowers). Turnovers: 10 (Jones 3, Little 2,
Satterfield 2, Grove, Mcelroy, Stokes). Steals: 6
(Davis 2, Logan, Mcelroy, Satterfield, Stokes).
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Byu                30   29  -   59
Cincinnati         35   49  -   84
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 10,974. Officials: Joe
Demayo, Robert Adams, Mike Stuart.


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