Sunday, November 14, 1999

Slow start for McAfee in exhibition


XAVIER NOTEBOOK

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Junior point guard Maurice McAfee, one of Xavier's top scoring threats, didn't take a shot Saturday until 3:24 remained in the first half.

        And that attempt was a wild running shot that missed.

        His halftime line: 0 points, 1 assist, 1 turnover. The good news for the Musketeers? They led by 11 on their way to a 91-67 victory over Athletes in Action.

        “It's a design to get the other guys going, but it wasn't a design to be passive,” McAfee said. “I don't know what I was thinking, to tell you the truth. I wasn't playing aggressive.”

        “It wasn't tremendously alarming,” coach Skip Prosser said. “We did say, "Let's run a couple things for Moe early in the second half to get him some shots because we're going to need him to score.'”

        McAfee scored XU's first basket of the second half on a 3-pointer. He finished with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with four assists, four steals and two turnovers.

        In two exhibitions, McAfee averaged 11 points, 6.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds, three steals and three turnovers. He was 4-of-9 from 3-point range.

        “I think he's as aggressive as can be,” Prosser said. “What Moe has done a good job of — and some of our other guys need to get better at this — he's not hunting shots as much as he used to. The really good players don't hunt shots, they let shots find them.” IT'S GOTTA BE THE SOCKS: Darnell Williams has been wearing white socks with an NBA logo on them. He owns two pair — one each from former teammates James Posey and Torraye Braggs. “I stole them from Torraye,” Williams said, laughing.

        He said the socks are for good luck and motivation.

        “That's where you want to be,” he said, referring to the NBA. “Every time I look down, that's what I'm going to see, that man (on the logo) looking at me.”

        FIRST SIGNING: Romain Guessagba-Sato of Dayton Christian signed his national letter of intent to attend Xavier during his school's Midnight Madness on Friday night. Guessagba-Sato signed in front of a crowded gym on the court along with 6-foot-9 Central African Republic countryman Fidama Dotte-Tewelly, who signed with Radford.

        The Xavier recruit recently took the SAT in his quest to become academically eligible for next season. His transcripts from Africa have been sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse, Tom Thompson, one of his guardians, said.

       



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