Friday, January 29, 1999
Martin, Horton key UC
BY CHRIS HAFT
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Together, point guard Michael Horton and center Kenyon Martin played significant roles as the University of Cincinnati outlasted Xavier, 87-77, in Thursday night's Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout at the Shoemaker Center.
Horton was the subtle one, equaling a season high with 10 points and amassing eight assists, only two short of his season best. Perhaps more importantly, he committed only one turnover in the first half and finished with four contrasting nicely with last season's Shootout, when he was guilty of five turnovers.
Indeed, Horton exorcised the demons from the previous game against Xavier, when he was 1-for-6 from the floor.
They abused me, beat me up, called me names, treated me like I was nobody, Horton said of last season's Shootout.
Lenny Brown might have set a Shoemaker Center scoring record if we hadn't put Mike on him, coach Bob Huggins said.
Martin was more noticeable. Besides scoring eight points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, he blocked six shots, including five in the first half, to provide ESPN with enough highlights to pre-empt Super Bowl XXXIII buildup.
On one of Martin's first rejections, he swatted Lloyd Price's shot so forcefully that it went out of bounds at the opposite baseline.
That was to set the tone, Martin said, to let them know I'm going to be in there and I'm not going anywhere.
My idea was to come in and play 40 (minutes). It didn't work that way, Martin said. But when I was in there, I was productive.
Later in the half, another of Martin's blocks generated Melvin Levett's layin that gave the Bearcats a 27-26 lead with 5:03 left in the half their first edge in more than 12 minutes and concluded a 7-0 UC streak. Martin's final block of the half led to a 35-second violation against Xavier.
This was nothing new for Martin, who entered the game leading Conference USA in blocks (2.63 per outing) and hiked his school record to (add to 158).
Kenyon is one of those rare people who can have an unbelievable effect on a game without scoring, Huggins said. He can not score a point and still be the best player on the floor.
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Rebounds: Martin 8, Levett 7
Blocks: Martin 6
Steals: Horton, Mickeal, Tate 2
Assists: Horton 8
Rebounds: Posey 12
Blocks: Price 2
Steals: Price 4
Assists: Price 4
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