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Bulls to bid fond farewell to four

By ANTONYA ENGLISH

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 1, 2001


TAMPA -- Four South Florida seniors will participate in their final collegiate basketball game at the Sun Dome when USF hosts Cincinnati tonight.

Artha Reeves, Sam Sanders and Cedric Smith will play their final home games. Chonsey Asbury will be on the sideline, recovering from knee surgery.

"I knew it was coming eventually, but it seems like it came in a flash," said Reeves, a senior from Lake Butler. "I have definitely enjoyed playing basketball at USF, especially with this senior class, my little brothers. It has been a wonderful experience."

Sanders, a St. Petersburg native who spent two seasons at Rutgers, said he expects tonight to be emotional.

"This is my last (home) game and it's like I'm leaving a part of my body here," Sanders said. "It makes me want to shed a few tears."

Tonight: USF vs. Cincinnati

WHEN/WHERE: 9; USF Sun Dome, Tampa.

TV/RADIO: ESPN; WQYK-AM 1010.

RECORDS: Cincinnati 19-8, 9-5 C-USA; South Florida 17-10, 9-5.

COACHES: Cincinnati -- Bob Huggins (295-94, 12th season; 463-166 overall). USF -- Seth Greenberg (73-70, fifth season; 178-140).

KEY PLAYERS: Cincinnati -- Steve Logan, G, 6-0 Jr. (17.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg); Kenny Satterfield, G, 6-2 So. (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg); Immanuel McElroy, F, 6-4 Jr. (6.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg); Jamaal Davis, F, 6-9 Jr. (6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg). USF -- Altron Jackson, F, 6-6 Jr. (19.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg); B.B. Waldon, F, 6-8 Jr. (17.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Cedric Smith, F, 6-6 Sr. (10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Artha Reeves, F, 6-8 Sr. (6.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg).

NOTES: This is the second national television appearance for the Bulls in five days. USF returns to the court after a horrible showing against Memphis on Sunday night. ... Both teams still are looking to clinch one of the four first-round byes in the C-USA tournament next week. Eight teams were in contention for those byes when the week began. ... Cincinnati leads the series 13-3, and the Bearcats have not lost to a National Division team since C-USA adopted the two-division format during the 1997-98 season. ... "You can't turn the ball over against them (USF) and give them easy opportunities," Huggins said. "They do a great job in their half-court trap and score a lot of points off defense. With Jackson up there, he creates a lot of havoc and gets people out of what they want to do offensively. Fortunately for us we've played against a lot of 1-3-1 this year and have had some success against it, so hopefully our guys will have some confidence attacking it." -- Compiled by Antonya English.

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