Monday, February 18, 2002
Logan's big night was a family affair
Mother, sister were on hand for 41-pointer
By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer
After several of his baskets Friday night, Steve Logan would point to a section of the stands. Sometimes he even mouthed a message.
It just so happened his mother, sister and some cousins had made the trip from Cleveland and got to see the senior guard score a career-high 41 points, including eight 3-pointers, which tied a career-high.
UC beat Southern Mississippi 89-37 with Logan outscoring the Golden Eagles by himself.
There's not a more beautiful time to have that game, Logan said Sunday. You can watch it on TV, but it's something different when you're here in the stands and you get to watch it in person.
I got in a rhythm the first half ... I was really in the flow of the game. The second half I just got hot ... To do it in a game like there was nobody in the gym with me, it's amazing. I was just in a zone, I guess. I was having a lot of fun out there.
UC can probably expect to move to No.4 from fifth in the new Associated Press poll to be released today. The Bearcats won both their games last week (Saint Louis, Southern Mississippi), and fourth-
ranked Oklahoma lost to Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
It's a big week in the Conference USA race. Marquette and UC are tied for first place overall and in the American Division at 11-1. Memphis (10-3) took a hit last week, losing to Charlotte and Houston. Charlotte, also 10-3, plays at Marquette on Tuesday night. UC and Marquette play Friday night.
The Golden Eagles are the hottest team in the league with 11 consecutive victories.
Memphis has dropped three straight for the first time all season. Its 76-73 loss at home Saturday hurt. Senior forward Kelly Wise, C-USA's all-time rebounding leader, sat out. He has been suffering from a strained knee and bruised hip. The Tigers still lead the National Division by 2 1/2 games over Houston and South Florida, but they play at South Florida on Wednesday night and also play at Cincinnati on March 3.
The Bearcats were No.6 in the Ratings Percentage Index through Saturday.
UC reserve forward Jimmy Hubbard is sidelined indefinitely because of a back problem, which could have him out the rest of the season.
An MRI in early October revealed a herniated disc in his lower back, athletic trainer Jayd Grossman said. For now, Hubbard is being held out of all activities.
The 6-foot-6 junior has appeared in 16 games and totaled 26 points and nine rebounds.
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