Sunday, December 09, 2001

UC notebook


Bearcats can't shoot straight

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UC coach Bob Huggins took a look at the stat sheet after Saturday's 51-point victory over Coppin State and made a face.

        “We've got to start shooting it better,” he said.

        Huggins was looking at numbers for sophomore Field Williams (5-of-14 from 3-point range) and Leonard Stokes (1-of-5 on 3s) and the fact that UC missed 10 free throws.

        The Bearcats have missed 37 foul shots over the last three games and are shooting .565 from the line over that stretch. During that same period, they're shooting .263 (21-of-80) from 3-point range.

        “We've got to make open shots,” Huggins said. “Good teams make open shots.”

        INJURY UPDATE:

        Junior guard Taron Barker missed an opportunity for substantial playing time. Barker sprained his left ankle during Friday's practice and did not dress Saturday.

        “T. Barker could've used the work, because he has no clue what he's doing,” Huggins said.

        “I have very few guys who sprain their ankle and don't come back and play. It must be really bad.”

        Senior forward Rodney Crawford (hip) dressed but did not play. Huggins said he was “banged up a little bit,” adding, “He's been playing in pain and we're just trying to get him healed up.”

        B.J. MUST SIT:

        B.J. Grove is expected to rejoin the Bearcats on Monday, and he has some unfinished business to tend to before he can play.

        In September, Conference USA suspended the 6-foot-11 center for one game for elbowing an Alabama-Birmingham player during last year's conference tournament.

        Brian Teter, C-USA assistant commissioner, said Saturday that Grove will sit out Monday night's game against Toledo.

        IN THE COMMUNITY:

        Seniors Steve Logan and Jamaal Davis spoke Friday to students at Burton Elementary School in Avondale, an experience that Logan said put him in a good mood.

        “It doesn't just make the kids feel good, it makes me feel good about myself, about giving back,” Logan said.

        He said they spoke about life, dedication and determination.

        “I grew up in the same position they're in,” he said. “It was hard. It was tough. You were a kid once, and you know what they're going through.”

        Davis said he also spoke earlier this fall at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Academy in the West End with teammate Leonard Stokes.

        “When I went to school, we didn't have guys come talk to us,” Davis said. “I feel if I can just touch one of them, that would be great.”

        NOTABLE NUMBERS:

        Donald Little blocked two shots and moved past Art Long (106) and into fifth place on UC's all-time list (107). ... UC had 26 assists Saturday; Coppin State had one.

        BEARCAT ON HBO:

        Tamara Douglass, the starting center on the UC women's team, will be part of a feature on pregnant college athletes on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, which debuts.

        Tuesday (10 p.m.), Thursday (6:30 a.m., 7 p.m.), next Saturday (noon), Dec. 17 (noon, 8 p.m.), Dec. 21 (6 p.m.) and Dec. 23 (10 a.m.).

        UP NEXT:

        The Bearcats play host to Toledo at 8:05p.m. Monday.

       



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