Logan and Green Earn C-USA Top Honors



Logan and Green Earn C-USA Top Honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Cincinnati junior guard Steve Logan and Southern Miss head coach James Green, who were both instrumental in leading their teams to the Conference USA regular season co-championship, today earned the league's top two individual honors as Player of the Year and Ray Meyer Coach of the Year, respectively.

Logan, who enters the Conference USA Tournament as one of the hottest players in the nation, led the Bearcats at least a share of their sixth straight C-USA regular season title. The 6-0 junior has been UC's leading scorer in 13 of the last 15 games and was C-USA's leading scorer in league play at 20.9. The Cleveland, Ohio native has scored at least 20 points in 10 games this season, including five of the last nine and has a pair of 30-point performances. At one point this season, Logan was Cincinnati's leading scorer in 11 straight games, the Bearcats' longest such streak since Pat Cummings led the team in scoring in the last 19 games of the 1978-79 campaign. Logan needs seven points to move in among the top 25 scorers in school history and already ranks fifth in career three-pointers (158).

Logan currently has the top career free throw percentage in Bearcat history (.846), and his season free throw percentage (.872) is third on the school's single-season list. He enters this week's tournament having made a career-high 21 consecutive free throws. Logan is the fourth Cincinnati recipient of the C-USA Player of the Year and the third different UC performer following Danny Fortson (1996 and 1997) and Kenyon Martin (2000).

Picked to finish fourth in the coaches preseason poll, Green led Southern Miss (21-7) to its second 20-win season in the last four years, and the 11-5 league ledger is its best ever Conference USA mark. USM is the tournament's second seed and meets the winner of the No. 7 Saint Louis-No. 10 Houston game Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Green got the Golden Eagles off to a fast start this season with a 65-54 victory over then-No. 15 Arkansas in Fayetteville in November.

Tenacious defense has been a trademark of Green's teams, who own two of the top five single-season scoring defense marks in league history and lead the league again this year (61.9 ppg). Now in his fifth season at Southern Miss, Green is fourth among league coaches in victories (86). Prior to his arrival in Hattiesburg, Green was an assistant at Texas A&M, Alabama and Iowa State. Green is the first USM coach to earn its league's Coach of the Year award since M.K. Turk earned Metro Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1986.

Steve Logan, Cincinnati, G, 6-0, 196, Jr., Cleveland, Ohio (Lakewood St. Edward)

James Green, Southern Miss



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