Sunday, March 18, 2001

Kentucky too much for Iowa


Prince's 31, Estill's 22 career highs

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kentucky forward Tayshuan Prince, playing with emotionless effectiveness, shot the Wildcats into the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 with an arsenal of 3-pointers that took the life out of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the second round Saturday.

        “When it's clutch time,” UK coach Tubby Smith said, “he rises to the occasion.”

        Prince poured in a career-high 31 points on 9-of-14 shooting — including 6-of-8 3-point shooting — as the Wildcats whipped the Hawkeyes 92-79. In Thursday's opening round, Prince scored 27 in UK's win over Holy Cross.

        “My teammates do a great job getting me the ball in the spots I like best,” Prince said. “If I make the first one I take, it usually gets me going. After the first one went down for me, Coach ran some plays for me to come off some screens, and he looks for me to get some shots off.”

        UK (24-9) now heads to Philadelphia, where the Wildcats will meet Southern California (23-9) Thursday.

        UK's win marks the sixth time in seven years UK will advance to the Sweet 16.

        Kentucky also got a career high from Marquis Estill, who scored 22 points. His previous high was 19, scored against North Carolina in the fourth game of the season.

        Prince drained two 3-pointers to give Kentucky a 64-51 lead midway through the second half.

        He also hit two second-half 3-point shots to seal UK's first-round win over Holy Cross.

        Saturday, UK went up 69-58 with 6:55 to go in the game when, with the shot clock running down, freshman guard Gerald Fitch launched a deep 3-pointer that touched nothing but net.

        The game was fierce inside, full of the physical style of play common in the Big Ten.

        But Iowa does not have the deep bench of Kentucky, which often uses nine or 10 players a game. Smith rotates his big men in particular, choosing from among Estill (6-foot-9), Jason Parker (6-8), Marvin Stone (6-10) and Erik Daniels (6-7).

        Smith used his front line to slow down forward Reggie Evans after he got off to a hot start.

        “We wanted to try to limit his touches, try to wear him down using all of our post players,” Smith said. “We wanted to trap him and keep the ball out of his hands, and when we got down and trapped him hard, he seemed to force a couple of shots.”

        Evans finished with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

        Iowa jumped out to a 16-7 lead, led by guard Dean Oliver's ability to move the ball up the court and the inside play of Evans, who used his 6-8, 245-pound frame to take offensive position.

        Evans scored 10 of Iowa's first 20 points. With just less than eight minutes gone in the first half, the Hawkeyes led 20-15.

        Kentucky took its first lead, 29-28, with 6:08 left in the first half. Fitch scored a layup on a long pass from Prince, who picked up a loose ball under Iowa's basket.

        Kentucky extended the lead to 39-33 at 2:46 in first half when Prince hit a 3-pointer from well behind the top of the key.

        The Wildcats used a zone defense to cool off Iowa.

        “That zone was bothering us,” Oliver said. “We didn't adjust; we couldn't get organized.”

        The Hawkeyes scored 16 points in the first 4:26 of the game, but scored just 17 on 4-of-13 shooting the rest of the first half.

        Prince carried the offense late in the first half. At one point, he had a role in 12 out of 14 points scored by Kentucky. For the half, Prince, a second-team All-American and the Southeastern Conference player of the year, had 10 points and four assists.

        Estill came off the bench to lead UK in first-half scoring with 11, the first time he has scored double figures since UK beat Georgia 85-70 on Jan.31.

        And after shooting only 4-of-15 on 3-pointers all season, Estill made a 3-point basket late in the half to give UK a 45-33 lead midway through the game. The shot capped a 23-6 run UK used to close the first half.

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IOWA (79)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Worley          28   1-5   4-5   3-4  0  5    6
Henderson       31   0-4   6-8   0-3  4  1    6
Evans           37  6-14   6-8  6-13  0  4   18
Boyd            33   2-8   0-0   1-1  2  1    6
Oliver          39  8-14   4-5   0-2  4  4   26
Beutjer          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
Reiner           6   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Thompson        13   4-5   1-1   1-2  0  4   11
Galloway         1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Smith            7   1-1   0-0   0-1  2  0    3
Scott            1   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
Sonderleiter     3   0-0   1-2   1-1  0  2    1
_______________________________________________
TOTALS         200 23-52 22-29 12-27 13 22   79
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Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals:
11-21, .524 (Henderson 0-2, Boyd 2-7, Oliver 6-9,
Thompson 2-2, Smith 1-1). Team rebounds: 1.
Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 15 (Evans 4, Boyd
3, Henderson 2, Worley 2, Galloway, Smith,
Thompson). Steals: 7 (Oliver 3, Boyd, Henderson,
Smith, Worley).


KENTUCKY (92)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Parker           3   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  3    2
Bogans          33  4-11   2-2   2-7  4  2   12
Prince          37  9-14   7-8   0-4  7  1   31
Fitch           17   3-4   3-4   1-2  2  3   10
Smith           35   2-6   2-2   1-2  5  3    8
Hawkins          4   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
Blevins         19   1-2   0-0   0-2  0  3    3
Daniels         14   1-3   0-0   1-3  0  1    2
Heissenbuttel    1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Stone           14   1-1   0-2   2-3  0  1    2
Sears            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Estill          22  9-11   3-5   4-6  0  3   22
_______________________________________________
TOTALS         200 31-53 17-23 11-29 19 20   92
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Percentages: FG-.585, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals:
13-24, .542 (Bogans 2-6, Prince 6-8, Fitch 1-1,
Smith 2-5, Blevins 1-2, Daniels 0-1, Estill 1-1).
Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 4 (Estill 2,
Stone, Prince). Turnovers: 14 (Bogans 4, Blevins
2, Estill 2, Smith 2, Daniels, Heissenbuttel,
Prince, Stone). Steals: 3 (Estill, Fitch, Parker).
__________________________________
Iowa               33   46  -   79
Kentucky           45   47  -   92
__________________________________
Technical fouls: None.  A: 14,959. Officials:
Michael Kitts, Eddie Jackson, Steve Olson.


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