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Toledo 69, No. 19 Cincinnati 66

December 31, 2000

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Bob Huggins stomped his feet and screamed until turning purple. He did everything he could to warn his Cincinnati players about Toledo.

The Bearcats didn’t listen.

Greg Stempin scored 21 points and blocked Kenny Satterfield’s shot with three seconds left Saturday as Toledo upset No. 19 Cincinnati 69-66 in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Shootout at Gund Arena.

Stempin made a lay-in with 21 seconds remaining and then stuffed Satterfield in the foul lane for the Rockets (8-3), who built an 18-point lead in the second half and then survived a furious comeback by the Bearcats (9-3).

``I watched the film. I knew they were good,″ Huggins said of Toledo, which became the fourth Mid-American Conference school to knock off a ranked team this season. ``I probably didn’t do a good enough job convincing our guys.″

Robierre Cullars added 12 points and Nick Moore made three 3-pointers for underrated and unranked Toledo, now 5-0 against teams which appeared in last season’s NCAA tournament.

``It’s a good win,″ said Toledo coach Stan Joplin, who missed two days of practice this week after his mother-in-law’s death. ``We withstood (Cincinnati’s comeback) it, but we made an awful lot of mistakes. Thankfully, we got through it.″

Steve Logan led Cincinnati with 18 points and Donald Little had nine points and four blocks in the second half as the Bearcats charged back.

But Cincinnati was outrebounded and outhustled by the Rockets, who had a 42-35 advantage on the boards and didn’t back down.

``A lot of teams shy away from Cincinnati because of their reputation,″ Stempin said. ``Coach told us, ’If you don’t play aggressive, you don’t play at all.‴

Satterfield, averaging 18 points per game, had just four points and made six turnovers.

``I don’t know what our problem is,″ said the fiery Huggins, who tore into his players during several timeouts. ``I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with us. I don’t know what to say.″

Xavier played Kent State in the second game of the doubleheader.

Down by 18 with 18:08 left and on the verge of getting blown out, the Bearcats used their half-court zone trap to claw back and took their first lead at 61-59 on Logan’s reverse layup with 3:48 to go.

Moore buried a 3-pointer from the right side to put the Rockets up 65-64 with 1:07 left before Jamall Davis followed in a miss with 44 seconds to play for Cincinnati.

After a timeout, Toledo freshman guard Terry Reynolds drove the base line and passed through traffic to Stempin, whose basket made it 67-66.

``I kept telling our guys in the huddle that Reynolds was going to make a play,″ Huggins said. ``And he did.″

Satterfield, who went just 1-for-7 from the floor, then tried to draw a foul as he went up just inside the line but the 6-foot-8 rejected the attempt and Reynolds was fouled.

``It was clean,″ Stempin said. ``Coming out of the huddle, I said, ’Satterfield’s going to take the shot and I’m going to come up and try to block it.‴

Reynolds then made two free throws and Logan was short with a 3-pointer just before the buzzer as the Rockets, who were coming off a two-point loss to Xavier, held on.

With a foul to give, Joplin had instructed his players to foul one of Cincinnati’s players before they got off a last attempt.

``We were going to foul,″ Joplin said. ``Shows how much they listened to me. I said, ‘Oh, my’. But somehow we got it done. Hopefully this win will give the MAC a shot in the arm.″

Toledo’s aggressive man-to-man pressure made it tough on the Bearcats from the start and Cincinnati missed 10 of its first 11 shots from the floor.

After the Bearcats used a 9-2 spurt in the first half to get within two, Cullars scored five points and the Rockets, who outhustled the Bearcats at both ends in the first half, countered with a 14-2 run and led 38-26 at the break.

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