Saturday, February 16, 2002

Logan 41, USM 37


Senior is show-stopper as UC wins by 52

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        How about this for dominating a game? Steve Logan outscored Southern Mississippi all by himself Friday night.

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Southern Mississippi's Brad Richardson fights off pressure from University of Cincinnati's Steve Logan.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        The University of Cincinnati senior finished with a career-high 41 points in the fifth-ranked Bearcats' 89-37 trouncing of the Golden Eagles at Shoemaker Center.

        If the ESPN audience didn't tune out, it saw quite an individual performance.

        “I guess 41 to 37 is not that bad,” Southern Miss coach James Green said. “Isn't that what Logan beat us (by)? We tried to double him. We tried to keep the ball out of his hands. I love Logan. I always have. ... He has done what you hope all players do, that's just make yourself better every day.”

        Logan also had nine assists and six rebounds before leaving to a standing ovation with 4:25 left.

        He was 12-of-18 from the field, 8-of-13 from 3-point range and 9-of-10 from the foul line. His 12 field goals is a career high and his eight 3s ties a career high.

        “Oh man, he put on a show today,” junior center Donald Little said.

        “He was like he gets in practice sometimes,” coach Bob Huggins said. “He gets like that where he just makes everything.”

        Logan jumped into third place on UC's all-time scoring list (1,803 career points) — behind only Oscar Robertson and Danny Fortson — breaking a tie Friday night with Pat Cummings and passing Roger McClendon (1,789). Logan also moved into third place on the all-time assists list with 414, passing Damon Flint (407).

        Logan is now the No.2 all-time scorer in Conference USA history. He was tied with South Florida's B.B. Waldon going into Friday night, one point behind former-No.2 DeMarco Johnson (Charlotte, 1996-98). Waldon plays today against TCU. Altron Jackson of South Florida is first (1,865).

        The Bearcats led 54-33 with 14:09 to play, then scored 31 straight points. During that stretch, Logan scored 21, including four 3-pointers, each seemingly from farther out than the last.

        Logan declined to attend the postgame press conference.

        “I see him in practice when he gets in those zones — and I think we guard pretty good,” Huggins said. “I wasn't surprised. I was surprised he missed a free throw.”

        The outcome was even more lopsided than what you might expect from a game between the Conference USA team with the best record (UC, 24-2) and the team with the worst record (USM, 7-16).

        “I enjoyed watching us play,” Huggins said. “I thought we played really hard. Sometimes, a game gets like that and you stop playing. I thought our effort continued. We didn't stop guarding. We outrebounded them by 13 the second half. We passed the ball; we were unselfish. I enjoy watching that.”

        Cincinnati won its fourth consecutive game, its ninth in a row against Southern Miss and its 15th straight at home.

        At 11-1 in Conference USA, the Bearcats are a half-game ahead of 11th-ranked Marquette, which plays host to Louisville today, in the league's American Division. Memphis (20-6, 10-2) is atop the National Division.

        Senior Immanuel McElroy scored all 10 of his points in the first half for the Bearcats and has been in double figures two of the past three games.

        Junior center Donald Little had his most productive game in more than a month, collecting 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks. He had averaged just 2.8 points and 5.1 rebounds over the previous nine games.

        The Bearcats go back on the road for a game Tuesday night at DePaul (9-14, 2-9). The Blue Demons play at Charlotte today.

        It got ugly early Friday night. Cincinnati was ahead by 10 points in less than five minutes. And an 8-0 run made it 31-15.

        NOTEWORTHY:

        UC wore its red uniforms for the fourth time (Akron, Richmond, East Carolina). ... Southern Mississippi's 37 points were a season-low for a UC opponent. ... The Bearcats have shot at least 50 percent from the field four straight games.

       


Box Score

SOUTHERN MISS (37)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Myles           23   1-7   2-2   1-1  0  0    4
Mims            35  5-19   0-1   1-7  0  0   11
Lambert         17   1-3   0-0   2-3  0  4    2
Richardson      17   2-6   1-2   0-1  1  2    6
Stiggers        34   4-6   0-0   1-7  4  3    8
Haywood         15   0-3   0-0   1-1  1  3    0
Meneses          9   0-3   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Rigsby          19   0-3   0-2   4-5  0  3    0
Powell           2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Pattman          6   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Carter          18  2-10   0-0   0-2  0  2    4
Duncan           5   1-5   0-0   1-1  0  0    2
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TOTALS         200 16-66   3-7 11-28  6 18   37
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Percentages: FG-.242, FT-.429. 3-Point Goals:
2-12, .167 (Myles 0-3, Mims 1-7, Richardson 1-1,
Meneses 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4
(Myles, Mims, Lambert, Richardson). Turnovers: 11
(Myles 2, Richardson 2, Carter, Haywood, Lambert,
Meneses, Mims, Rigsby, Stiggers). Steals: 2
(Duncan, Richardson).


CINCINNATI (89)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Davis           20   2-5   0-0   0-3  1  0    5
Mcelroy         25   4-8   2-2   0-4  1  0   10
Little          19   4-5   2-3   3-6  0  3   10
Stokes          24   0-5   2-2   3-6  1  4    2
Logan           35 12-18  9-10   0-6  9  1   41
Williams        19   1-4   0-0   0-0  2  0    2
Meeker           3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Lucas            4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Barker          10   1-3   0-0   0-4  0  0    3
Flowers          4   2-3   0-0   2-4  0  0    4
Crawford         2   0-1   0-0   1-1  0  1    0
Grove           12   2-4   0-1   1-3  0  1    4
Maxiell         23   4-5   0-0   1-5  0  2    8
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TOTALS         200 32-62 15-18 11-42 14 12   89
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Percentages: FG-.516, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals:
10-20, .500 (Davis 1-1, Stokes 0-1, Logan 8-13,
Williams 0-3, Barker 1-2). Team rebounds: 3.
Blocked shots: 9 (Little 4, Maxiell 4, Stokes).
Turnovers: 7 (Mcelroy 3, Barker, Grove, Maxiell,
Williams). Steals: 4 (Logan 2, Grove, Mcelroy).
__________________________________
Southern Miss      25   12  -   37
Cincinnati         48   41  -   89
__________________________________
Technical fouls: None.  A: 13,176. Officials:
Steve Welmer, Ed Hightower, Curtis Shaw.


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