Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Crosstown Shootout Flashback

UC lowlight: (1997) Xavier 88, UC 68

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This week, The Enquirer looks at each school's best and worst Shootout moments.

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Game story

It was low when Lenny Brown's jumper beat the No.1-ranked Bearcats the year before. But it got even lower when Xavier pummelled UC into a 20-point loss, forcing 29 Bearcat turnovers, the second-most in school history.

        Xavier held Cincinnati's top scorer, D'Juan Baker (26 ppg), to just three points and eight turnovers, and senior Bobby Brannen (20.8 ppg) to five points and six turnovers.

        The game turned in one five-minute stretch in the first half. XU had a 23-21 lead with 8:11 to play before halftime. Then came the blitz — a 22-2 Xavier run, including a 16-0 stretch. UC went 5:20 without a field goal and trailed by 22 with 3:04 left in the half.

        “They made a run, and I don't want to say we laid down and died,” said UC's Melvin Levett, “but we can't let teams make two, three, four runs in the course of a game.”


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