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Thursday, December 2, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 71

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Martin, Cincy keep on rolling; UH's Williams shines

UCHH/C-USA Men's Basketball Notebook

Keenan Singleton

Already the best team in the nation, the Cincinnati Bearcats just keep getting stronger.

The Bearcats trampled their four unworthy opponents en route to the championship in the Big Island Invitational in Hawaii.


Cincinnati center Kenyon Martin was selected as this week's C-USA Player of the Week after averaging 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks last week for the Bearcats.

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Cincinnati defeated Youngstown State, Cleveland State, Santa Clara and Iowa State by an average of 24.5 points.

In the freshman backcourt, point guard Kenny Satterfield and 6-9 swingman DerMarr Johnson were each awarded All-Conference honors.

The Bearcats still retain the top spot in the nation after two weeks as the nation's best team.

Martin named C-USA Player of the Week

For his dominating performance in the Big Island Invitational, senior center Kenyon Martin received the C-USA player of the week award.

The 6-9 senior from Dallas nearly achieved a triple-double with 22 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks in the championship game against Iowa State.

His totals over the week were 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks to sustain the Bearcats' top ranking.

Where do we stand?

The Associated Press poll still ranks Cincinnati as the No. 1 team in the nation, while DePaul fell to the Texas Longhorns and dropped three spots to No. 22.

The surprise of the week is Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles are 5-0 and received votes to enter the top 25.

The ESPN/Coaches' Poll also ranked Cincinnati No. 1, but DePaul was ranked slightly higher than on the AP Poll, at No. 20.

Louisville and UNC-Charlotte also received votes.

George's team

UH freshman forward George Williams just keeps getting better.

He recorded his third double-double of the season at the Cougars' home opener Saturday against Southern Methodist University.

He led the Cougars in scoring and rebounds with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

But basketball is a team sport, and the Cougars didn't perform well as a unit.

Other than guard Marcus Oliver, the Cougars' offense and defense were stagnant.

Last week, I said the only way the Cougars would be able to defeat SMU is if they could shut down junior forwards Jeryl Sasser and Willie Davis.

They didn't.

Houston almost went out of its way not to stop them.

SMU's Sasser was a man among boys with his 24 points and 18 rebounds in 33 minutes of play.

Davis added 20 points and 12 boards to stop the Cougars from celebrating the home opener.

However, SMU had no problems shutting down the Cougars' two main lifelines.

Senior forward Kenny Younger fouled out after only 19 minutes of play.

With his father ­ NBA Hall of Famer George Gervin ­ in attendance, Gee Gervin clanked 5-of-15 from the field.

The game resembled a football game more than a basketball contest. There were 55 fouls in 40 minutes of play.

Three players, Houston's Younger and Tega Moceanu and SMU's DeWayne Floyd, fouled out in the wake of the battle.

On to Iowa...

The home team takes its act to the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa.

UH faces the Ohio Bobcats for the first time in the first round of the tournament.

The Bobcats are led by senior guard Sanjay Adell and senior center Shaun Stonebrook.

Wheeler Avenue rival Texas Southern is also in the tourney. If the Cougars and the Tigers make the final round, it will be only the third time in history that the two teams will have faced each other.

The host team is the Iowa Hawkeyes. The talented Hawkeyes are coming off a 20-10 season, but retain only one starter from last year's squad.
 

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