Sunday, February 28, 1999

XAVIER NOTEBOOK


Second chances doom Musketeers

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WASHINGTON, D.C. — Xavier coaches stressed all week the Musketeers could not afford to give George Washington second shots Saturday.

        That's exactly what beat them in the end.

        GW scored its last three baskets after rebounds in a 77-74 victory.

        Yegor Mescheriakov's follow of a Mike King miss gave the Colonials a 72-70 lead with 1:38 left. GW got four shots on its next possession and scored when Mescheriakov tipped in a miss. And, Shawnta Rogers' game-winning three-pointer came after he missed, and the offensive rebound was tapped out to King.

        “Obviously, we didn't block out,” XU coach Skip Prosser said.

        Xavier lost the same way a week earlier at Massachusetts, when Lari Ketner scored the game-winning basket with 41 seconds left in the second overtime after rebounding a miss by teammate Monty Mack.

Shut out
        Gary Lumpkin was held scoreless for the first time in his Xavier career, which spans 116 games.

Tourney time
        Xavier's first-round A-10 tourney opponent won't be determined until after today's Temple-Massachusetts game. Here's how it breaks down:

        • if Temple beats UMass, XU plays the Duquesne-St. Bonaventure winner;

        • If UMass beats Temple, XU plays the Duquesne-UMass winner.

One-on-one
        There was a great battle Saturday between XU's 6-foot-8 senior James Posey and the 6-9 Mescheriakov, who scored 11 of his team's first 12 points.

        Both kept getting the ball and were isolated one-on-one. They backed in, spun around and faded away from each other all day.

        “We were just going at it, plain and simple,” Posey said. “We couldn't hold anything back. It was a big game. I came ready to play. I wasn't backing down.”

        Posey finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds — his fourth consecutive double-double — and Mescheriakov had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Getting prepped
        George Washington wasn't sure it was going to have Rogers for Saturday's game because he had been sick all week. So Friday, the Colonials prepared for Xavier's full-court press by practicing with five other players against seven defenders.

        It must've worked. GW had just nine turnovers, and Xavier's press was ineffective.


       



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