College Basketball Report


Around the perimeter

PRIME TIME AT PITT -- The first two months of the season tested Antoine Jones' patience.

An All-Metro at Southwestern in 1988-89, Jones spent the last two years at Allegany Community College, and Pittsburgh coach Paul Evans talked of him starting this season. He suffered a back injury in the preseason, however, and the 6-foot-7 junior forward languished on the bench until Feb. 2, when he made the most of his minutes in an embarrassing 112-85 loss at UCLA.

In his last seven games, Jones has averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds, and Evans has started him the last three games. Pitt is 19-9 overall, 8-6 in the Big East, and expecting at least an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

* KENTUCKY STARTER -- The Southeastern Conference is acknowledged as the best women's league in the land, and Patressa Leonard is making an impact there.

A 6-2 sophomore forward from Woodlawn, Leonard has started all 27 games at Kentucky. She's averaging 8.7 points on 46.0 percent shooting, along with 5.7 rebounds, and leads the 20-7 Wildcats with 44 blocks. Leonard averaged 2.9 points and 2.6 rebounds as a freshman.

* NORTHEAST ALL-STARS -- The Northeast Conference all-star team includes Andre Boyd, a senior guard from Walbrook who just completed his career at Robert Morris. He averaged 15.4 points and 4.9 assists this season. Mount St. Mary's Alex Watson, a senior guard from Mount St. Joseph, earned second-team recognition, and teammate Dave Kapoana, a freshman guard, made the All-Newcomer team.

The NEC Coach of the Year is Rich Zvosec of St. Francis, N.Y. He was formerly an assistant at Loyola.

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