Saturday, December 01, 2001

Logan happy to have help

UC wins two despite his shooting woes

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The University of Cincinnati's last two games have given hope that the Bearcats will not have to rely too heavily on senior guard Steve Logan after all.

        In victories against UNLV and Dayton, Logan shot just 34 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range.

        Here's the best news about all that:

        Despite his going a combined 3-of-14 from the field and 0-of-7 from 3-point range in the first halves of the two games, Cincinnati led UNLV by 10 at intermission and Dayton by 13.

        “With me, as long as we get a win, I'm not worried about what I do,” Logan said. “I think a lot of guys on our team grew up (against Dayton). Guys made shots and played well. Everybody contributed. That's what I like to see. Everybody else is in the flow of things, so I'm fine.

        “Every night I can't go out there and get 30, and I'm not trying to. If I'm not on, I've got to go to another aspect of my game.”

        Such as the career-high nine assists he collected Wednesday night. Logan also is averaging 3.8 rebounds.

        Donald Little, Jamaal Davis and Leonard Stokes have all scored in double figures the past two games. The bench has also contributed.

        This is just what coach Bob Huggins was hoping to see during a six-game homestand that continues tonight against Duquesne.

        “I don't worry about Lo at all,” Huggins said. “We haven't done as good a job of getting him the ball in position to make shots, but Lo's the least of my worries offensively.

        “I hope this team ends up being like the Bobby Brannen-D'Juan Baker-Mel Levett team where you couldn't (isolate) on one guy because if you did, somebody else was going to jump up and bite you. That's the way this team kind of needs to be.”

        Logan uncharacteristically missed three free throws and a couple layups against Dayton.

        He is in the best physical condition of his career, yet as the main target of every opponent's defense, he said he still needs to “turn it up a notch.”

        “My time's going to come,” he said. “I know how to score. I know how to get my shots off. ...

        The only thing I'm concerned about is that I missed a lot of shots, but at the same time I'm getting hit on every one of my shots. If I was to foul people, they'd call it on me. I can still make them, but I don't understand why the ref's not calling that. It's almost like they're giving them an advantage over me.

        “What I don't want to do is go out there and force the issue every night.”

        He shouldn't have to force much tonight.

        Duquesne is an Atlantic 10 Conference program trying to climb out of the depths of three consecutive 20-loss seasons. The Dukes have not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1977, have not had a winning season since 1993-94 and have gone 62-137 (.312) over the past seven years under John Carroll, Scott Edgar and Darelle Porter.

        Danny Nee, who rebuilt programs at Ohio University and Nebraska, was hired in April as Duquesne's new coach. He coached Robert Morris last season.

        “I think it's a job with a lot of potential,” Nee said.

        “We're teaching the system. We're instilling discipline. We're instilling a work ethic, creating a program from scratch. It's a lot of work, a lot of time, but you have to know what you're doing. You have to have a plan. We have a good plan.”

        The matchup with UC is a tough one. Nee said his team is “soft on rebounding” and doesn't take care of the ball. That's not a good combination against the Bearcats.

        From academics to out-of-bounds plays, Nee has tried to provide direction for his players. He set up 8:30 a.m. mandatory breakfasts that no one has dared be late for.

        Nee wanted players in Pittsburgh for summer school. They were lifting weights at 6 a.m. in August after school started.

        He refused to treat the so-called star players any differently.

        “Zero tolerance,” he said. “This is how we want to do it. It's going to take awhile.

        “I've been in their faces in practice, but then I hug them and kid around with them off the floor. It's slowly coming around. I don't know what's going to happen day to day; it's a journey.”


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