Friday, March 23, 2001

Stanford too big for Bearcats, 78-65




By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Kenny Satterfield exults after feeding Immanuel McElroy (right) for an alley-oop dunk and UC's first lead.
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        ANAHEIM, Calif. — The University of Cincinnati's gameplan was to attack the basket. Stanford's was to get the ball inside. The No.2-ranked Cardinal's size and strength won out over quickness.

        The Bearcats' season ended with a 78-65 loss late Thursday night to top-seeded Stanford in the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

        Stanford's starting center and forwards totaled 45 points and 21 rebounds; UC's totaled 18 points and seven rebounds.

        Stanford (31-2) advances to the Elite Eight and will meet third-seeded Maryland (24-10) on Saturday. The Terrapins defeated Georgetown 76-66 Thursday.

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B.J. Grove celebrates his basket at the end of the first half.
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        Fifth-seeded UC, which has no seniors, finishes 25-10 after winning eight of its past 10 games.

        If the Bearcats had an advantage coming in, it was their quickness, and they were determined to use it. From the beginning, Steve Logan, Kenny Satterfield, Immanuel McElroy, Leonard Stokes and Jamaal Davis took the ball into the paint for layups and short jumpers. The Cardinal had trouble stopping them.

        UC, a nine-point underdog, was ahead as late as the second half, 40-39, with 18:42 remaining.

        On the other end, Stanford — as many expected — had success lobbing the ball inside to its big men but wasn't able to do it as often as it would have liked in the first half. The Cardinal had 12 first-half turnovers; they came in averaging just 12.7 a game.

        But they started the second half with a decisive 11-2 run to go ahead 45-40. UC was 1-of-9 from the field in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the half, and missed four shots on one possession during which Satterfield grabbed three offensive rebounds.

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Jamaal Davis wins a rebound.
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        As the Bearcats continued to have trouble scoring, the Cardinal built their lead to 64-52 with 7:38 remaining. They would get no closer than seven points after that.

        “We couldn't make shots,” Davis said. “We had some good looks. We didn't finish the job. I thought we had them on their heels. They came out (in the second half) and played like the best team in the country.

        “I think to prepare us for next year we all have to get bigger and stronger.”

        Satterfield put on a show with 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

        “He's a big-time player,” Logan said of Satterfield. “He comes to play. He loves the big games.”

        Logan, UC's go-to guy, finished with just 11 points -- his lowest total since Jan. 10 -- and had only two in the second half. He finished 1-of-6 from 3-point range. And he was just 1-of-6 from the field in the second half. Logan was guarded most of the night by Casey Jacobsen, who is at least 6 inches taller.

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Logan challenges Jason Collins.
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        Summing up his night: Logan missed an open 8-footer from right side. It's the kind of shot he rarely missed all season.

        “I make that in my sleep,” Logan said. “I'm disappointed in myself for missing that shot. I missed shots. I got some good looks.”

        Jacobsen, a first-team All-American, led Stanford with 27 points. Jason Collins, a 7-foot junior, had 15 points and eight rebounds, and his 6-11 twin brother Jarron had 14 points and seven rebounds. Ryan Mendez scored 16 points for the Cardinal, who outrebounded the Bearcats 36-25.

        The Bearcats led 38-34 at halftime after B.J. Grove rebounded a Satterfield miss and scored with 4.5 seconds left. The sophomore center was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.

        UC had a rough start, going 0-of-6 from the field with two turnovers in the first 2:56 while Stanford jumped ahead 7-0.

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Jason Collins scores on Donald Little.
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        Cincinnati tied it for the first time at 27, on a pull-up jumper by Satterfield with 3:17 remaining in the half. The Bearcats took their first lead when McElroy intercepted a Stanford inbounds pass, gave it up to Satterfield, then dunked on an alley-oop pass from the UC point guard. That made the score 31-29 with 2:15 remaining.

        UC made eight of its last 10 field goal attempts in the first half.

        “We were attacking them,” Logan said. “We felt that they were scared in the first half. In the second half, we didn't come out with the same intensity. We let them big boys get going down the stretch. I'm disappointed in how played after the first half. We were up four (at halftime) and we were constantly saying, "No letups, we're going to play like we're down.'

        “We can say a lot of "ifs' about this game.”

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CINCINNATI (65)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Davis           27   2-6   0-0   2-4  0  3    4
Mcelroy         20   3-5   0-1   1-1  0  1    6
Grove           29   3-6   2-4   1-2  0  3    8
Satterfield     38  7-16  9-10   3-7  6  3   24
Logan           34  5-16   0-0   0-1  1  3   11
Williams         1   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Jones            9   0-2   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Stokes          28   3-6   0-0   1-4  0  4    6
Crawford         2   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  1    0
Little          12   2-5   2-2   1-2  0  4    6
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TOTALS         200 25-63 13-17  9-22  7 24   65
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Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals:
2-12, .167 (Satterfield 1-4, Logan 1-6, Williams
0-1, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots:
3 (Little 2, Grove). Turnovers: 12 (Satterfield
4, Grove 2, Little 2, Davis, Logan, Mcelroy,
Stokes). Steals: 9 (Satterfield 3, Stokes 2,
Davis, Grove, Jones, Mcelroy).


STANFORD (78)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Jar Collins     35  6-11   2-4   1-7  2  3   14
Mendez          34   6-7   2-2   0-6  5  2   16
Jas Collins     34   4-7  7-10   3-8  1  2   15
Mcdonald        22   0-1   0-0   0-3  2  4    0
Jacobsen        37  8-13  9-10   0-4  3  1   27
Johnson          9   2-2   0-0   1-2  2  1    4
Davis            3   0-0   0-2   0-2  0  1    0
Barnes          21   0-1   0-1   0-2  0  1    0
Giovacchini      5   1-1   0-0   0-1  0  2    2
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TOTALS         200 27-43 20-29  5-35 15 17   78
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Percentages: FG-.628, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals:
4-8, .500 (Jar Collins 0-1, Mendez 2-2, Jacobsen
2-4, Barnes 0-1). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked
shots: 7 (Jas Collins 5, Jar Collins 2).
Turnovers: 17 (Jacobsen 6, Barnes 3, Mcdonald 3,
Mendez 2, Davis, Giovacchini, Jas Collins).
Steals: 3 (Jar Collins, Jas Collins, Mcdonald).
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Cincinnati         38   27  -   65
Stanford           34   44  -   78
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Technical fouls: Cincinnati 1 (Satterfield).  A:
18,008. Officials: Tony Greene, Lonnie Dixon,
Mike Stuart.


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