Monday, March 18, 2002

Logan's tough day doesn't diminish career




By Michael Perry mperry@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PITTSBURGH — When the final buzzer sounded, Steve Logan headed straight for the locker room. The UC senior untucked his jersey and put a piece in his mouth. His hands covered his head briefly, and he quickly slapped hands with Matt Barnes, the one UCLA player to cross his path.

        “I prepared myself for this just like the other side,” Logan said. “If we were to win the game, I prepared myself for that. This is reality. This is what it's all about, winning and losing games. I'm on the other side of things right now. It's a tough feeling. I hate this feeling, but I'm not going to kill myself.”

        Logan scored 18 points and had seven assists in his final game. He was just 6-of-18 from the field and 2-of-7 from 3-point range, with one of those coming with 1.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime.

        The Cleveland native was 1-of-6 shooting with two points in the first half. Before his 3 at the end, Logan's last basket came with 4:38 left in regulation.

        “They had two guys on me everywhere I went,” he said. “I admit I got some shots I should've made, but when you've got two guys chasing you everywhere you go, somebody's open and somebody's got to make shots besides me.”

        Logan finished second on UC's all-time scoring list with 1,985 points, second in assists (456), first in games played (135), first in career victories (111), third in 3-point field goals (258), second in 3-point attempts (682) and first in free-throw percentage (.873).

        “I gave it my all, personally,” he said of Sunday's game. “I went out there and played. Shots didn't go my way, but I got guys involved and played great defense. I left it out on the court. I don't feel ... that I let this team down.”

        NUMBERS: UC had a 52-46 rebounding edge. It had been 21-0 when it outrebounded opponents ... UC's 31 victories are a school record.

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