Friday, December 17, 1999
Crosstown Shootout Flashback
UC highlight (1992); UC 93, Xavier 75
This week, the Enquirer looks at each school's best and worst Shootout moments.
UC had a lot to live up to. Bearcats forward Terry Nelson had raised the stakes by predicting: Xavier doesn't have a chance. We should blow them out.
Coach Bob Huggins said in reply, That's quite a statement from a guy averaging three (points) a game.
But the Bearcats did blow out the Musketeers, winning by 18. It was part of an eight-game winning streak and was the first time since 1979 UC had won two Shootouts in a row. UC went on to make the Final Four.
This ends all the talking, said UC's Nick Van Exel, who had 15 points and seven assists in the game.
But it wasn't easy. UC built a 22-point first-half lead before weathering a Xavier charge in the second half. The Muskies got within three at 56-53 but ran out of gas.
Anthony Buford led UC with 29 points. Michael Hawkins had 22 points for Xavier.
The disappointing thing is they said they were going to blow us out, and they did, Hawkins said.