Welcome to this edition of Throwback Thursday, where we take a look back at classic Bearcat games and performances. The first entry into the series covered Cincinnati's win over East Tennessee State in the NCAA tournament in 2004. Today is going to focus on one of the greatest performances in Cincinnati history, when Steve Logan outscored Southern Mississippi.
The 2001-02 Cincinnati Bearcats were a great basketball team. They came into this game 23-2, 11-1 in Conference USA. They had won 3 in a row after taking their second loss of the season, a road loss to Marquette. UC had a couple of impressive North Carolina road wins at Charlotte and at Wake Forest before beating St Louis. You all know that this team went on to become a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Southern Miss, on the other hand, was very bad. This might have been their worst team in the old Conference USA. They would finish the season 10-17. The Eagles entered this game on a 4 game losing streak. They had lost 12 of their previous 14. Southern Miss sucked, to be frank. The stage was set for history.
The only photo in the google search from this game comes from the Cincinnati Enquirer archives. That's not a great photo. This game was played on Friday, February 15 at 9 pm. Despite that, it was a sellout. The crowd was in for a shock as Southern Miss stormed out to a 3-2 lead. They were falling out of their chairs when the Golden Eagles extended the lead to 5-2. Steve Logan hit the first of his 8 three pointers to tie the game and spark an 87-32 run.
There is not reliable play by play for this game. It came just before you can find the archives. All we have are AP articles and the box score. The box score tells us a whole lot. Cincinnati scored 48 points in the first half. Steve Logan scored 18 points of those. The game was relatively close, 48-25.
The second half was a whole different story. The Golden Eagles cut the lead to 54-33 with 14:13 to go. They would not score for nearly 12 minutes. UC dropped a 31-0 run on them. A run that was powered by Logan. Steve had 23 points in the second half. He left the game with himself outscoring Southern Miss by 8.
Logan's line score for that game was incredible. He scored a career high 41 points. He did it on 12-18 shooting. Logan hit 8 of 13 from 3. He was 4-5 from 2. Steve got to the free throw line 10 times, making 9. His offensive rating was an absurd 218. His effective field goal percentage was 88.8%. His true shooting, which weighs 3s and free throws, was 90.1%.
That wasn't all. Logan had 9 assists. If you assume that all of his assists were on two pointers, UC made just two other 3s, that gives him a hand in 59 of the 89 Cincinnati points. Steve Logan and his assists blew out Southern Miss 59-37. To go with that, Logan was second on the team with 6 rebounds. And he had 2 steals. That's right, Steve Logan dropped 41 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Oh yeah, he also didn't turn the ball over while using over 31% of Cincinnati's possessions.
Steve Logan's 41 points were his career high. The 6 rebounds were 1 off his career high. 9 assists matched the second highest total of his career, a number he matched 5 times that season. The 8 three pointers tied Logan's career high for most made in a game. 8-13 was his best 3 point shooting performance ever by percentage. He was 8-14 the other contest. If that wasn't enough, this game saw Logan move into 3rd place in scoring, surpassing the 1,800 point barrier.
Cincinnati was 32-62, 51.6% for the game. They hit 10-20 from 3 and were 15-18 from the foul line. Logan powered both efforts. 2 other Cats scored in double figures. Donald Little had 10 points on 4-5 shooting. Immanuel McElroy had 10 points on 4-8. Cincinnati had 14 assists to just 7 turnovers. The Bearcats hadn't throw a beat down as bad as the 89-37 win since 1997.
The Bearcat defense was simply incredible. Southern Miss was 16-66, 24.2%. They were 2-15 from 3. The Eagles attempted just 7 free throws, which was good because they only made 3. They were forced into 11 turnovers. Only one Golden Eagle shot better than 33%. Dante Stiggers was 4-6.
I remember watching this game and rooting like hell for Southern Miss not to score the final few minutes. Hell, that's all anyone was doing. We wanted history. We got history. Steve Logan had one of the greatest single game performances in Cincinnati history. I'm pretty certain he's the last Bearcat to score 40 points in a game. I'm definitely sure that he's the last Bearcat to outscore an entire team. Steve Logan is one of the most beloved Bearcats of modern memory. He was the best player on the best team of the 2000s. That is if you count a season starting in the 2000s. Logan transformed into an All American. This was his masterpiece. This was the game where the nation had no other choice but to accept that Cincinnati was for real and Steve Logan was a superstar. God, I loved Steve Logan.