Sunday, March 26, 2000

Stuff 121, Richmond 95




BY PETE HOLTERMANN
Enquirer contributor

        Cincinnati cruised to a 121-95 win over Richmond on Saturday at the Firstar Center, behind a big evening from the Stuff bench.

        Fred Williams, in his sixth game with the Stuff, led the team with 22 points and Allen Edwards added a career-high 19 as the Cincinnati reserves scored 79 points in the game.

        “I'm just trying to fit in and take advantage of the minutes I get,” Williams said. “I just come off the bench and try to bring a little energy and a little enthusiasm.”

        The bench had added firepower as Lenny Brown and Eric Taylor started in place of Moo Moo Blakney and Alex Sanders. Sanders scored 18 points and Blakney added 14 for the Stuff.

        “That's very important at this critical part of the season,” Stuff coach Joby Wright said. “We're getting close to the point where everyone who goes into the game gives us something positive.”

        Cincinnati (34-13) reduced its magic number for clinching the East Division title to six.

        The Stuff, playing for the third time in as many days, were sluggish early, and Richmond took advantage to jump out to a 10-2 lead in the first six minutes.

        But Tremaine Fowlkes hit a 3-pointer with 1:37 left in the first quarter to give Cincinnati the lead for good at 20-18. From there, the Stuff rolled, scoring a season-high 37 points in the second period to take a 59-44 lead at the half.

        “We started the game showing the effects of playing for the seventh time in 10 days,” Wright said. “Once we got in the groove, good things started happening.”

        Cincinnati shot 55.3 percent from the field in the game and five players scored in double figures. Brown, who started for the ninth time this season, had a career-high 12 assists.

        Richmond (17-31) played without two of the team's top three scorers, A.J. English and Kendrick Warren, who missed the game for personal reasons.

        RICHMOND (95) — Ward 2-8 1-2 5, Holmes 1-6 3-4 5, Cartwright 1-4 3-4 5, Miskari 5-12 2-2 12, Robinson 3-9 2-2 12, Harris 4-9 2-3 12, Morton 8-15 5-7 28, Dem. Johnson 3-5 7-8 13, Der. Johnson 3-4 3-4 9. Totals: 30-72 26-34 95

        CINCINNATI (121) — Fowlkes 4-13 0-0 9, Taylor 1-4 2-2 4, Samake 7-11 1-2 15, Turner 2-4 1-1 5, Brown 3-8 2-3 9, Blakney 5-8 1-1 14, Kingsbury 2-3 0-0 6, Williams 9-13 2-2 22, Edwards 7-10 1-1 19, Sanders 7-10 3-4 18, Hickey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 47-85 13-16 121.

        Richmond ....... 18  26  18  33— 95

        Cincinnati ....... 22  37  32  30—121

        3-pointers: Rich. (Ward 0-2, Holmes 0-2, Miskari 0-3, Robinson 0-4, Harris 2-6, Morton 7-12); Cin. (Fowlkes 1-3, Brown 1-2, Blakney 3-5, Kingsbury 2-2, Williams 2-3, Edwards 4-5, Sanders 1-2). Rebounds: Rich. 35 (Dem. Johnson 7); Cin. 46 (Taylor 13). Assists: Rich. 15 (Miskari 9); Cin. 32 (Brown 12). Technical Fouls: Rich.—Der. Johnson, Holmes; Cin.—Fowlkes. A—4,328

       



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