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Cincinnati 106, Eastern Kentucky 53

December 20, 1997

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Melvin Levett made a school-record 10 3-pointers and scored a career-high 42 points Saturday, helping Cincinnati beat winless Eastern Kentucky 106-53 despite the loss of two more players to NCAA rules violations.

Cincinnati (6-2) suspended leading scorer D’Juan Baker and starting center Kenyon Martin for three games on Saturday because they improperly made dozens of long-distance calls using coaches’ phone system access codes.

Baker, who averages 20.4 points per game, and Martin will miss two more games and make financial restitution.

Coach Bob Huggins’ program has had five players suspended for NCAA rules violations this season. Guard John Carson was reinstated by the NCAA without missing a game, but guard Charles Williams was ruled ineligible for all but the final six games and forward Ruben Patterson must sit out the first 14.

It didn’t matter against Eastern Kentucky (0-7), a struggling club that also was shorthanded. Daniel Sutton, the team’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder, was out with a calf injury, and center Warren Stukes had surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand earlier in the week.

Backup center Derrick Wilder fouled out with 11:19 to play without scoring a point or getting a rebound.

Eastern Kentucky committed 29 turnovers and repeatedly left Levett open for uncontested 3-point attempts. He hit six of seven in the first half, when he scored 26 points and Cincinnati opened a 60-19 lead.

Levett’s ninth 3-pointer with 13:09 to play tied the school record. He missed his next three attempts before hitting another unguarded shot with 3:46 left for the record and his 42nd point, which matched Eastern Kentucky’s total at that point.

Overall, Levett went 10-of-14 on 3-points attempts and 16-of-24 from the field. The previous school record was nine 3-pointers by LaZelle Durden in 1993-94 against Memphis.

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