BayRunners' skid hits 18 straight

Elliott shines, but fouls out, sending Stuff to 116-104 win

April 14, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

This loss, the BayRunners' 18th in a row, was pretty much decided with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game.

That was when Rodney Elliott, who was having perhaps his best game of the season, fouled out after turning the ball over. He then watched from the bench as Cincinnati's five-point lead went to 13 before becoming a 116-104 Stuff win in front of 3,341 at the Baltimore Arena last night.

Elliott scored a career-high 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and was the catalyst in a third-quarter comeback that chipped away at a 16-point deficit.

He made three three-pointers in that quarter and got the BayRunners (13-41) to within three at the end. The BayRunners even had a 86-84 lead with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

But Elliott picked up two fouls 18 seconds a part four minutes later with the score 99-94, and the Stuff (39-17) took over in his absence. Elliott's final foul came after he nicked Stuff guard Wayne Turner, who stole the ball from Elliott as he was bringing it up court.

"That really hurt us," BayRunners coach Terry Truax said. "And it was really kind of a touch foul, too. It wasn't really an aggressive play foul. We just have to keep working. Obviously, nobody else in the league feels sorry for us."

The Stuff certainly didn't. After Elliott fouled out, Stuff guard Chris Kingsbury made back-to-back three-pointers. Forward Eric Taylor followed with a three-point play that made it 109-96 with 1: 56 left.

"I shouldn't have put myself in the situation where I left it in the refs hands [after the turnover]," Elliott said. "I should have just went back and played good D. We had a good game for like 36 minutes. But when it comes down to playing a good team like Cincinnati, we have to take care of the ball in the end, and they made us pay for it."

LaMarr Greer added 27 points and seven assists for the BayRunners; Tremaine Fowkles scored 25 for the Stuff.

Though the BayRunners were efficient on offense, the defense was a problem: Seven Cincinnati players scored in double figures.

After the game, Truax was at a loss to explain the streak.

He talked of shortening the bench, using the more enthusiastic players, and still being hampered by injuries. Kurk Lee missed last night's game with a broken nose.

"In all of our trading and shuffling players in and out, we have some ability but I don't think we have guys that really subjugate their goals for the good of the team," Truax said. "And they pout if they come out. And they actually think because they make a slam or a three-point shot, they are contributing to the team. That is not what the coach is looking for.

"I'm not interested in guys that show up every other night, or when they want to. We've had too much of that."

Cincinnati 28 25 26 37 -- 116

BayRunners 22 22 32 28 -- 104

CINCINNATI -- Turner 5-9 1-2 11, Blackney 5-10 5-6 16, Kingsbury 4-7 0-0 12, Fowlkes 9-10 5-7 25, Edwards 2-8 9-10 14, Taylor 6-9 3-6 15, Sanders 8-12 3-4 21, Hickey 1-3 0-2 2, Grandison 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 40-70 26-37 116.

BAYRUNNERS -- Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Rogers 2-5 1-2 7, Elliott 11-17 3-3 28, Blount 5-10 0-0 10, Goodrich 2-6 0-0 4, Harrell 3-8 3-4 9, Wilson 3-8 0-0 7, Greer 6-12 14-14 27, Dabbs 1-2 0-0 2, Tucker 3-4 4-6 10. Totals 36-72 25-29 104.

3-point goals--Cincinnati 10-19 (Kingsbury 4-5, Fowlkes 2-3, Sanders 2-4, Blackney 1-2, Edwards 1-5); BayRunners 7-20 (Elliott 3-4, Rogers 2-4, Greer 1-3, Wilson 1-4, Goodrich 0-2, Harrell 0-3). Fouled out--Elliott. Rebounds--Cincinnati 36 (Taylor 9); BayRunners 38 (Elliott 10). Assists--Cincinnati 22 (Blackney 12); BayRunners 25 (Rogres 7, Greer 7). Total fouls--Cincinnati 24, BayRunners 27. A--3,341.

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