Thursday, November 29, 2001

UC notebook

Stokes' scoring crucial

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UC sophomore Leonard Stokes was having a quiet game Wednesday night. Then all of a sudden, he took over.

        Dayton had pulled within 55-41 with 7:28 left when Stokes hit a 3-pointer. He would score 13 of his game-high 19 points in the final 7:04 of the Bearcats' 77-55 victory.

        Stokes finished 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the foul line. It was the third-highest point total of his career and his best offensive output since the seventh game of last season.

UC's Jamaal Davis
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        Jamaal Davis was back in the starting lineup for UC Wednesday night against Dayton.

        The senior power forward, who had started 35 of the first 36 games of his Cincinnati career, did not play Nov.20 against Wright State, then came off the bench for 30 minutes last Saturday against UNLV.

        Coach Bob Huggins has said Davis has practiced well since rejoining the Bearcats. He had left the team for two days after the season opener.

        UC freshman Jason Maxiell came off the bench against the Flyers after making two starts.

        Davis had 10 points and 10 rebounds — tying his career high — in the first half Wednesday night.


        UC coach Bob Huggins was pleased with his bench. Sophomore Field Williams had nine points, two assists, two rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes. Junior Taron Barker had five points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes. Neither guard had a turnover.

        Maxiell had three points and four rebounds, and senior forward Rodney Crawford had three rebounds in 10 minutes.

        “That's the best game Rock's played to this point,” Huggins said of Crawford. “... (He) just does a great job getting people open and defending and playing good position defense.”


        Dayton came in with five players averaging in double figures. But only one — Ramod Marshall with 15 — scored 10 or more against UC. The Bearcats did an especially nice job on Brooks Hall, a 6-foot-6 junior who came in averaging 12.3 ppg. He finished with just six points on 2-of-8 shooting; all his points came in the final 7 1/2 minutes.

        “They did a great job of banging him off screens and denying him some,” Dayton coach Oliver Purnell said. “When that kind of thing happens, Brooks has got to work a little bit harder. I didn't think he was as active as he needs to be.”


        Dayton has lost 11 in a row to UC and is 0-5 all-time vs. the Bearcats at Shoemaker Center. ... Dayton has lost its last three games at Shoemaker (two to UC and one to Saint Louis) by a combined score of 273-164 ... UC won by 22 points despite missing 15 free throws (22-of-37).


        Former Bearcat Melvin Levett is in some elite company in a recent issue of SLAM Magazine, listed among the 50 greatest dunkers of all time. The top of the list looks like this: 1. Vince Carter; 2. Michael Jordan; 3. Dominique Wilkins; 4. Julius Erving.

        Levett came in at No.32, ahead of folks like Tracy McGrady, Chris Webber, Elgin Baylor, Scottie Pippen and Kevin Garnett.

        UP NEXT:

        The Bearcats play host to Duquesne at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.


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