Cincinnati Wins C-USA Men's Tournament

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3.8.2002

Cincinnati Wins C-USA Men's Tournament


Steve Logan

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    Steve Logan poured in 21 of his 26 points in the second half to lead Cincinnati to a 77-63 win over Marquette in the championship game of the Conference USA Tournament. Leonard Stokes and Immanuel McElroy each added 12 points and UC's defense held the Golden Eagles to 34 percent shooting. This is the third time that the Bearcats have followed up their regular season championship with a tournament title. The win was UC's 30th on the season, setting a new school record. Logan was named Tournament MVP.

    Logan, the two-time Conference USA Player of the Year, shot 8-for-19 for the game, including 7-for-12 in the second half. In the first two games of the tournament combined, Logan netted just 22 points. Dwyane Wade scored 16 points for Marquette (26-6), which fell for just the third time in its last 18 games and now must wait for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

    After Marquette went up 18-13 with 9:07 to play in the first half, Cincinnati scored 10 straight points, capped on a pair of free throws from Stokes, to grab a 23-18 advantage. The 10-0 run by the Bearcats was part of a 16-4 surge that saw Cincinnati take a 29-22 lead with 2:33 left in the first 20 minutes. Logan ended the spurt with a magnificent alley-oop to Jason Maxiell to give the Bearcats a seven-point edge.

    Cincinnati, which limited Marquette to just 30 percent shooting in the opening stanza, carried a 31-24 edge into the locker room. Logan struggled in the opening half, scoring five points on just 1-of-7 shooting from the floor for the Bearcats, who hit on 41 percent of their shots in the half.

    The Golden Eagles closed the gap to four early in the second half, but Cincinnati ran off 10 straight points to build a commanding 41-27 lead. Following Logan's layup that put the Bearcats up by 15, 47-32, Marquette answered with a three-pointer at the other end to draw within 12. However, Maxiell's spectacular putback dunk off a Logan miss put Cincinnati back up by 14 with just over 12 minutes left in the game. From there Marquette never challenged the Bearcats, as Cincinnati maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way and rolled to the 14-point victory.


     

     

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