Thursday, December 02, 1999

Stuff 94, St. Louis 86

Fowlkes' 23 leads unbeaten Cincinnati

Enquirer contributor

        The Cincinnati Stuff held on in the final six minutes on Wednesday night to hand the St. Louis Swarm their first defeat of the season, 94-86 at the Firstar Center.

        Tremaine Fowlkes led the attack for the Stuff (2-0), scoring 23 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, but no bucket was bigger than one hit with 1:50 left and Cincinnati clinging to a two-point lead. One second was on the shot clock as the Stuff inbounded from the baseline, and Fowlkes got the ball and calmly hit a 3-pointer to put Cincinnati up 89-84.

        “The play was actually designed for (Soumaila) Samake to jump up in the lane,” Fowlkes said. “He was guarded, so I stepped out, and was blessed to have it go in.”

        The Swarm (2-1) never got within five points down the stretch. They were led by Danny Johnson's 30 points.

        Samake kept St. Louis at bay with a couple of blocks, a big rebound and a pair of free throws in the final two minutes. He finished with six points, had nine rebounds and five blocks.

        “They credited him with five blocks, but I think he changed four or five more,” Stuff coach Joby Wright said.

        Chris Kingsbury was a spark off the bench for the Stuff, finishing with 19 points. He scored eight points as Cincinnati went on a 10-0 run to start the second quarter, then five more early in the third quarter. Both runs regained the lead for the Stuff.

        Roderick “Moo Moo” Blakeney scored 14 points and had nine assists for the Stuff.

        ST. LOUIS — Carter 1-4 0-2 2, Grimm 5-16 2-2 13, D. Smith 5-10 2-2 14, Sims 2-4 1-1 5, Johnson 9-22 10-10 30, Abdul Jabbar 5-8 1-2 12, A. Smith 3-7 1-2 8, Holmes 0-1 2-2 2, Tarver 0-2 0-0 0, Hollender 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 30-77 19-23 86.

        CINCINNATI — Fowlkes 8-13 6-6 23, Taylor 1-4 1-2 3, Sanders 1-4 0-0 3, Turner 7-17 2-3 17, Blakeney 3-11 7-8 14, Kingsbury 7-12 0-0 19, Brown 2-6 1-2 7, Flint 0-0 0-2 0, James 1-1 0-0 2, Samake 2-4 2-2 6, Hickey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-74 19-25 94.

        Three-point field goals: St. Louis 7-27 (Carter 0-1, Grimm 1-5, D. Smith 2-4, Sims 0-1, Johnson 2-9, Abdul Jabbar 1-2, A. Smith 1-2, Holmes 0-1, Hollender 0-2). Cincinnati 11-23 (Fowlkes 1-2, Taylor 0-1, Sanders 1-1, Turner 1-2, Blakeney 1-3, Kingsbury 5-9, Brown 2-5).

        Halftime score: Cincinnati 50, St. Louis 44.

        Records: Cincinnati (2-0), St. Louis (2-1).


        FRIERSON CUT: Former Miami guard Damon Frierson was released by the Stuff Wednesday to make room on the roster for Withrow graduate Eric Taylor. Taylor was inactive until Wednesday while the team reviewed his contract, but started against St. Louis.

        LEVETT LOOKS ON: Melvin Levett attended Wednesday's game and said he is interested in playing for the Stuff. He met with Wright before the game. The former Cincinnati Bearcat has been idle since working out for the Los Angeles Lakers this past fall.


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