Sunday, November 25, 2001

UC Notebook

Little sheds goggles, sees the light

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Donald Little sans goggles.
(AP photo)
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        Donald Little sported a new look Saturday. The UC center wore a white headband and played for the first time without his protective eye goggles. He finished with 14 points — the second-highest total of his career — and eight rebounds in the Bearcats' 74-61 victory over UNLV.

        “I feel a lot free-er without the goggles,” Little said. “I see a lot more of what's going on and have no blind spots.”

        Little has averaged 11 points and nine rebounds over the past two games.

        Coach Bob Huggins was asked if he sees progress in the 6-foot-11 junior.

        “I hate to,” Huggins said. “Donald is a day-to-day deal. Donald was really good today, and Monday I may want to choke him. That's just "D.' He's not the most consistent personality that I've ever coached.

        “But he really has been good. He really wants to do good. He really wants to do right. He fights it sometimes.”

        DEE-FENSE: What should not be lost in the Bearcats' victory is their defensive effort on the Runnin' Rebels' top scorers.

        Junior Dalron Johnson, who entered with a 23.5 scoring average and a .656 shooting percentage, finished with 12 points on just 4-of-19 shooting Saturday. He was guarded by Immanuel McElroy and Jamaal Davis.

        “Mac's not afraid of contact, and he's smart with it,” UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour said. “He does it with your body, he doesn't grab with his hands. That's the way you're supposed to play.

        “I think Mac does a lot of stuff. He defends; he'll handle the ball and not turn it over. He can play every position on the floor, and he'll defend. He's got a lot of heart. I think he gets overlooked sometimes. If you play against him, you appreciate how good he is.”

        UNLV junior guard Marcus Banks, who came in averaging 16 points and shooting .667 from the field, finished with six points on 3-of-7 shooting with two assists and four turnovers. Leonard Stokes spent a lot of time guarding Banks.

        “He had good people defending him, and when he beat his man, he ran into all kinds of congestion,” Spoonhour said.

        CHART CLIMBER: UC senior Steve Logan moved into 17th place on the school's career scoring chart (1,287), passing former teammate Kenyon Martin.

        “Ken was my buddy,” Logan said. “It's really not a big deal to me to pass him in scoring. There were years he wasn't a scorer; he was a defensive player and a shot-blocker. He did what was best for his team.”

        NOTABLE NUMBERS: UC is 4-0 all-time against UNLV. ... Spoonhour is 3-15 against his good friend Huggins. ... Logan is third on UC's all-time 3-point field goals list with 181.

        UP NEXT: The Bearcats play host to Dayton at 8:05p.m. Wednesday.


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