Sunday, November 21, 1999

Xavier 96, Maryland-Eastern Shore 52


Four Muskies score double digits

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Darnell Williams heads upcourt after a steal.
(AP photo)

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        The first few minutes were exhausting. Xavier couldn't wait to play.

        “We were just itching to get out there and show we'll be ready when it's time to go to war,” senior Darnell Williams said. “I felt like a caged animal during all the introductions.”

        Eighteen seconds into his first game in 20 months, Williams got his hands on the ball and launched a 3-pointer that started an 8-0 XU run.

        Before it could catch its breath, Maryland-Eastern Shore missed its first eight shots and trailed 11-2.

        “I think it went the way we wanted it,” XU point guard Maurice McAfee said. “Fast-paced, get it up and down, press to the chest 94 feet.”

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Kevin Frey came off the bench.
(Josh Biggs photo)

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        The game certainly did go Xavier's way. The Musketeers opened their season with a 96-52 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore before 9,203 fans at the Cincinnati Gardens.

        It was XU's largest margin of victory since a 57-point defeat of Northeast Louisiana two years ago.

        “I would've thought somebody was on drugs if they had told us we'd lose to this team or any team by 40 points,” Maryland-Eastern Shore coach Lonnie Williams said. “This is our worst loss since I've been here. ... We're better than this.”

        Xavier finished the first half with an 18-7 run for a 19-point lead.

        The Musketeers fouled too much, gave up too many offensive rebounds (14) and missed too many free throws (nine). But overall, Xavier showed good balance.

        Williams led XU with 20 points. McAfee added 17 points and eight assists, and Lloyd Price pitched in 12 points.

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Maurice McAfee checks.
(Josh Biggs photo)

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        Two encouraging performances came from reserves Alvin Brown (career-high 13 points, career-high four assists, one turnover) and Reggie Butler (career-high six rebounds in 10 minutes).

        “We're going to need those guys,” coach Skip Prosser said. “It's a long season.”

        “I had to start the season on the right foot,” Butler said. “It's been a really more down than up journey. I know the lineup gets smaller and smaller. I've got to show (Prosser) he has to play me.”

        Said Brown, “It was definitely a confidence builder.”

        Freshman David West had nine points and 10 rebounds in his first college start, starting forward Aaron Turner had eight points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Frey came off the bench for seven points and three boards.

        West had five blocks; the only other freshman to have that many in a game was the school's career shot-blocking leader Aaron Williams, who tied an XU record with seven in February 1990.

        “We did a good job of learning their plays,” West said. “We were really prepared for anything they threw at us.”

        “I think we had pretty good chemistry,” McAfee said. “We had major contributions from so many guys. It instills confidence in each person to trust their teammates, and individually it gives you confidence that, "Hey, I can get it done.'”

        The Musketeers really got going in the second half, starting with a 24-6 run. At intermission, XU had 10 turnovers and just six assists. McAfee had seven assists in the second half.

        Still, Xavier finished with 17 turnovers, several simply from rushing plays.

        “I thought they played perhaps a bit too fast at times,” Prosser said. “We're still a young team. That's going to happen. The exuberance of youth sometimes kicked in.”

        Xavier did turn 17 Maryland-Eastern Shore turnovers into 22 points and dominated the inside with a 50-22 scoring advantage in the paint.

        “We didn't want to get in a run-and-shoot game, and that's what happened,” coach Williams said. “These guys can run up points really quick.”

        The Musketeers have won 10 consecutive season openers and are 14-1 in home openers at the Gardens, where they have won 18 straight overall.

        “We couldn't wait to play, and we showed it,” Turner said.

Frey takes over sixth-man role


MD EASTRN SHORE (52)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Wallace         32  2-11   5-8   3-3  2  4    9
Rashaw          11   2-4   0-0   0-3  0  0    4
James           11   0-2   0-0   0-4  0  3    0
Surpin          23   1-8   2-2   1-4  2  5    4
Reese           25  4-12   4-6   1-2  2  3   15
Smith           18   3-7   1-6   2-5  0  1    8
Pryce           21   2-5   0-0   1-1  0  0    4
Hickman          5   0-2   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Amoama           9   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Harris           4   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Vaughn           3   0-0   0-1   1-1  1  0    0
Street          15   1-6   0-0   2-2  1  1    2
Hughes          21   3-5   0-0   2-4  0  3    6
Trotman          2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 18-63 12-23 13-30  8 20   52
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Percentages: FG-.286, FT-.522. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Wallace 0-1, Reese 3-5, Smith 1-2, Pryce 0-2, Hickman 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Hughes). Turnovers: 17 (Wallace 6, Reese 4, Surpin 3, Smith 2, Pryce, Street). Steals: 6 (Reese 3, Hughes, Smith, Wallace).

XAVIER (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp West 21 4-6 1-2 3-10 1 4 9 Price 28 4-9 3-6 1-2 2 5 12 Turner 21 3-4 2-3 3-10 0 1 8 Mcafee 31 5-11 4-4 0-1 8 2 17 Williams 29 8-15 0-0 2-5 1 1 20 Frey 17 3-8 1-1 1-3 1 3 7 Mcintosh 5 1-2 1-2 0-4 0 0 4 Johnson 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Brown 22 6-9 0-0 1-3 4 1 13 Harris 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Mason 4 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 Baronas 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Caldwell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ballinger 4 0-1 1-2 1-3 0 0 1 Butler 10 1-2 0-1 1-6 1 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 36-68 14-23 14-49 19 21 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 10-25, .400 (Price 1-3, Mcafee 3-9, Williams 4-9, Mcintosh 1-1, Brown 1-2, Ballinger 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 11 (West 5, Frey 3, Turner, Brown, Harris). Turnovers: 17 (Harris 3, Price 3, Turner 3, Williams 3, Frey 2, Mcafee 2, Brown). Steals: 8 (Frey 2, Williams 2, Brown, Mcafee, Price, West). __________________________________ Md Eastrn Shore 27 25 - 52 Xavier 46 50 - 96 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 9,203. Officials: Jim Jenkins, Jackie Sanders, Harrell Allen.



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