Sunday, December 19, 1999

Xavier Notebook


Brown, Williams key early

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Alvin Brown dunks, then ...
(Steven M. Herppich photos)
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... celebrates.
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        The heroes for Xavier were many. The Musketeers got strong showings from different players in each half.

        The second-half stars were Kevin Frey (two clutch free throws with 29.8 seconds left, then a breakaway layup to seal the victory with 8.9 seconds to play), Lloyd Price (who stole a Kenny Satterfield pass with 13.1 seconds remaining) and Maurice McAfee (12 of his 17 points).

        But the tone was set in the first half by two guys: Alvin Brown and Darnell Williams.

        Brown came off the bench and provided a big lift in a 31/2-minute stretch during which the Musketeers went from a four-point deficit to a three-point lead.

        The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard started a 9-2 Xavier run with a pull-up jumper near the foul line. After a spinning layup by UC's Pete Mickeal, Brown launched a 3-pointer over Satterfield to pull Xavier within one point.

        He then stole it from the Bearcats and dunked.

        After a couple timeouts, a UC miss and a charge taken by Williams, Brown drove to the basket and laid it off the glass. It was 20-17 Musketeers.

        The XU lead over UC got as big as 39-28 with 1:13 left before intermission.

        “I just came in the game and tried to give the team a spark,” Brown said. “My shot was feeling pretty good. I did my part. Hopefully the team fed off me.”

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Darnell Williams, center, celebrates with Kevin Frey and Maurice McAfee.
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        Then, Williams took over, scoring the next 10 Musketeer points.

        Williams, a fifth-year senior, provided Xavier with energy, enthusiasm and — most important — scoring early. He scored all his 16 points in the first half, hitting 3 of 5 field goal attempts and 8 of 10 free throws.

        Coach Skip Prosser approached Williams and told him Xavier would go to him early. He said he was ready.

        “We just couldn't back down,” Williams said. “It was sweet. We just went out there and played with great emotion and great pride.”

Dirty Work
        The dirty work inside was being done by freshman David West and sophomore Lloyd Price, who each grabbed six first-half rebounds.

        UC star center Kenyon Martin had two boards through the first 20 minutes when the Musketeers held a 15-13 rebounding advantage. West would finish with five points and nine rebounds before fouling outwith 1:43 left. Price totaled seven points and nine rebounds, including a clinching offensive board off his own missed free throw with three seconds left.

        Junior Reggie Butler came off the bench for what may be his biggest performance as a Musketeer. His stats (zero points, one rebound) don't reflect how well he played in his 13 minutes.

        “This is the best feeling I've had since I've been at Xavier,” Butler said.

Up next
        The Musketeers play host to St. Mary's College and 7-foot-3 center Brad Millard on Tuesday night (8 p.m., Ch. 64) at the Gardens. Tickets are available.

       



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