Thursday, November 29, 2001

Bearcats turn Flyers inside out

UC: Little, Davis strong inside in 77-55 victory over Dayton

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

UC's Steve Logan
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        A year ago, University of Cincinnati center Donald Little and power forward Jamaal Davis combined for 11 points and four rebounds against Dayton.

        On Wednesday night, the Bearcats' starting front line totaled 21 points and 21 rebounds in a convincing 77-55 victory over the Flyers before 12,142 fans at Shoemaker Center.

        “Last year we didn't control the inside at all,” Davis said. “Me and Donald took it upon ourselves not to let it happen again. We just went out and tried to out-tough them and get back to the old Bearcat basketball.”

        UC (3-1) has won three in a row.

        It won despite Little playing less than 3 1/2 minutes in the first half.

        It won despite leading scorer Steve Logan making just 3 of 13 field goal attempts and missing all six of his 3-point tries.

        “Cincinnati outplayed us; there's no question about it,” Dayton coach Oliver Purnell said. “We've got to go back to the drawing board, particularly when it comes to blocking out and getting rebounds.”

        The first half Wednesday night belonged to Davis.

        Little got into foul trouble. He was whistled for his second personal foul just 3:23 into the game and sat out the rest of the first half.

        “My intention was to be aggressive, but I was overly aggressive,” Little said.

        Dayton was ahead 10-9 — its last lead of the night — when Davis ignited the Bearcats at the offensive end. Field Williams missed a 3-pointer, but Davis rebounded it, scored and was fouled. He missed his free throw, then managed to get his hands on the rebound and score off a left-handed short jumper.

        That all started an 18-5 run. It was 18-12 when the Bearcats started full-court pressing after each score. During an eight-minute stretch, UD had nine of its 11 first-half turnovers.

        “We made them play a little faster, I think, than what they wanted to play,” UC coach Bob Huggins said.

        UC scored the last four points of the half and led 35-22 at intermission. That was with Logan and Immanuel McElroy combining to go 3-of-12 from the field and 0-of-5 from 3-point range.

        In the second half, Davis picked up two quick fouls and went to the bench. Then it was Little who took over. He rebounded, he scored, he blocked four shots.

        “I just tried to come out and give them a boost,” Little said.

        “I thought Donald was really strong and really aggressive at taking it to the goal,” Huggins said.

        After Dayton pulled within 37-31 with 17 minutes to play, Little made one of two free throws to start a decisive 18-3 run. Dayton went 6:34 without a field goal. It was 55-34 with 10:25 left. UD never got closer than 14.

        Davis, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the season opener, finished with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Little, playing the second straight game without his protective goggles, added 11 points and nine boards. Logan uncharacteristically labored for his 14 points, but he added a career-high nine assists.

        Ramod Marshall led the Flyers (2-2) with 15 points.

        “We made a run at them (in the second half), and I thought we had a chance to make a ballgame of it,” Purnell said.

        Dayton is probably the best team the Bearcats will face on their six-game homestand. UC has defeated Wright State and UNLV and next faces Duquesne (Saturday), Coppin State (Dec. 8) and Toledo (Dec. 10).


           *** NCAA Boxscore - Dayton at Cincinnati ***
                      (Wednesday, November 28th)
                        From The Sports Network
 Dayton (55)
 Hall 2-8 0-0 6, Waleskowski 1-3 4-4 6, Finn 3-7 1-3 7,
 Marshall 4-9 4-4 15, Morris 1-4 0-0 2, Stelly 1-3 1-2 3,
 Green 0-3 6-8 6, Jones 0-5 0-0 0, Holland 3-8 1-1 7,
 Smith 1-3 1-4 3. Totals 16-53 18-26 55.
 Cincinnati (77)
 Davis 5-10 0-1 10, McElroy 2-7 2-3 6, Little 4-8 3-8 11,
 Stokes 5-8 7-8 19, Logan 3-13 8-11 14, Williams 3-6 0-0 9,
 Meeker 0-0 0-0 0, Barker 2-3 1-2 5, Flowers 0-1 0-0 0,
 Crawford 0-1 0-0 0, Hubbard 0-0 0-0 0, Maxiell 1-1 1-4 3.
 Totals 25-58 22-37 77.
 Halftime - Cincinnati 35-22. Three-Point Goals - Dayton 5-16 (Marshall 3-7,
 Hall 2-6, Smith 0-1, Jones 0-2), Cincinnati 5-19 (Williams 3-6, Stokes 2-4,
 Davis 0-1, McElroy 0-1, Barker 0-1, Logan 0-6). Rebounds - Dayton 42
 (Finn 12), Cincinnati 41 (Davis 12). Assists - Dayton 7 (Morris 3), 
 Cincinnati 16 (Logan 9). Total Fouls - Dayton 31, Cincinnati 21.
 Fouled Out - None. Technicals - None. Attendance - 12,142.

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