Saturday, December 18, 1999
Crosstown Shootout Flashback
Xavier lowlight: (1964) UC 94, Xavier 92
This week, the Enquirer looks at each school's best and worst Shootout moments.
Xavier hadn't beaten the Bearcats in seven years. And even with XU guard Steve Thomas having the best individual scoring night in series history with a record 45 points, the Musketeers didn't have enough.
Thomas took over the game as he tried to get the Muskies close late, hitting 13-of-26 from the field and 19-of-21 from the free throw line. It was still only his second-best scoring night of the season, behind the 50 he had against Detroit.
The game featured a fight late, with UC's Ron Bonham taking a swing at XU's Bryan Williams. Bonham and Xavier's John Gorman scuffled on the floor, and Bonham was ejected.
Thomas hit the two technical free throws and brought Xavier within four, and Jim Bothen tipped in a Thomas miss to cut it to two. But UC clinched it when Xavier committed a traveling violation in the final seconds.
Years later, Thomas said, I'd be willing to trade some of those points for a victory, since it had been so long since we'd beaten them.
The loss also helped quash the NIT postseason dreams of the Muskies, who finished 16-10.
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