Saturday, November 27, 1999

Kansas 111, Xavier 70


Muskies suffer worst defeat since 1977

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Lloyd Price batles for a loose ball.
(AP photos)

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        ANCHORAGE, Ak. — Xavier was stunned. There was no way to see this coming, not a 111-70 Kansas blowout early this morning in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout — the Musketeers' worst defeat since an 85-43 loss to Marquette on Jan. 22, 1977.

        Especially after XU jumped out to a 9-2 lead. From the time the game was tied at 21, the 10th-ranked Jayhawks outscored Xavier 90-49 and led by as many as 42.

        “It was a flood and we didn't do enough to stop it,” Xavier coach Skip Prosser said. “We just did a lousy job of transition from our press into our halfcourt defense. We did a lousy job of keeping them off the boards. We didn't communicate well. And every time we made an error they made us pay.

        “We couldn't stop them, and you can't make a run if you don't stop the other team.”

GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
(all times EST)
  Friday
  5: Alaska-Anchorage 104, Grambling 85
  6: Louisville 85, Georgia 62
  7: Georgia Tech 82, Washington 65
  8: Kansas 111, Xavier 70

  Saturday
  9: Georgia vs. Grambling, 4 p.m.
  10: Alaska-Anchorage vs. Louisville, 6 p.m.
  11: Xavier vs. Washington, 9 p.m.
  12: Kansas vs. Georgia Tech, midnight. ESPN

        Kansas tied a school record and set a Shootout record with 36 assists — 20 in the first half.

        The Jayhawks won the rebounding battle 51-26, shot 59.3 percent from the field and made a mockery of the game with an explosive second half.

        “We just got embarrassed on TV,” said XU senior Darnell Williams, who finished with eight points. “No one stepped up, me included. We just have to go out and play smart as a team. When we didn't step up and make plays, they exploited us. As a player, you can't go back and say forget about it because it's a bad game. You've got to sit back and learn from this.”

        Maurice McAfee led Xavier with 16 points, but he had just two points in the second half and finished with five assists and six turnovers. Lloyd Price added 15 points and Alvin Brown 11.

        “We got out of character a little bit,” McAfee said. “I rushed things today. We got totally out of our game plan. There's nothing that we can say or do right now to change the outcome of that game. We're never going to forget it, we're going to learn from it and you have to move on. Because if you dwell on this, then our season is in trouble.”

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Kevin Frey reaches for the ball.

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        Xavier (2-1) will face Washington at 9 p.m. EST today. The Huskies knocked XU out of the 1998 NCAA Tournament in the first round.

        Kansas (3-0) will play Georgia Tech (midnight, ESPN) for the Shootout title.

        The Jayhawks were bigger and stronger inside than the Musketeers. And their size is well complemented by efficient outside shooting and precision passing.

        Kansas started the game 2-of-11 from the field, then made 42 of its next 52 shots. Six Jayhawks scored in double figures: Jeff Boschee had 16 points, Kenny Gregory 15, Luke Axtell and Nick Bradford 14 each, Eric Chenowith 11 and Ashante Johnson 10.

        “We all just have to look inside ourselves and (ask) how are we going to deal with this?” Prosser said. “That's the bottom line.”

        Said McAfee: “Every game we play is an important game because we're defining our character. Every team has an identity, so every game we're trying to establish who we are.”

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Maurice McAfee and Lloyd Price double-team Nick Bradford.

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        The Musketeers led by seven early the help of five Kansas turnovers in the first three minutes. Xavier twice led by eight and was ahead for the first eight minutes of the game. Kansas took its first lead (21-19) on a 3-pointer by Axtell with 11:50 remaining before the break.

        Brown tied it on a jumper after an offensive rebound, but the Jayhawks then went on a 15-2 run to take control.

        Xavier started turning the ball over and trying to take Kansas one-on-one on the offensive end. That wasn't working. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks were beating the Musketeers down the court for transition layups.

        XU went 3:15 without scoring and trailed by as many as 13.

        The Musketeers fought back with six straight points and battled all the way to intermission, when they trailed 53-43. It wasn't until the second half that the game got ugly.

        Xavier is 4-10 against top-25 teams under Prosser. Afterward, Kansas coach Roy Williams grabbed Prosser for a few words.

        “I just told him that was the best we played this year by far, and it really was,” Williams said. “I wasn't saying it to make him feel better, I was telling him the truth. We got it going so well, it was one of those snowball effects.

        “I really like Xavier's club. They're going to be an NCAA Tournament team at the end of the year, no question. We were very fortunate to play as well as we did. That was an impressive exhibition for our guys in the second half. ... I wish that I could get my team to press as well as he gets his team to press.”

Georgia Tech 82, Washington 65
Great Alaska Shootout Web site


XAVIER (70)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Price           29  6-14   2-2   1-4  0  2   15
Turner          23   1-3   1-2   5-5  3  2    3
West            18   1-3   1-2   1-3  0  1    3
Mcafee          32  6-15   2-2   0-0  5  0   16
Williams        25   4-8   0-0   0-1  1  2    8
Frey            22   2-7   2-2   2-2  2  3    7
Mcintosh         6   1-2   0-0   0-3  1  0    2
Brown           21   4-9   2-4   1-1  2  1   11
Harris           6   0-0   0-1   0-0  0  1    0
Mason            5   1-2   0-1   1-3  0  0    2
Baronas          2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Ballinger        5   0-2   1-2   0-0  2  2    1
Butler           6   1-2   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
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TOTALS         200 27-67 11-18 11-22 16 15   70
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Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Price 1-3, Mcafee 2-6, Williams 0-2, Frey 1-2, Brown 1-4, Ballinger 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (West, Turner, Frey, Harris, Butler). Turnovers: 21 (Mcafee 6, Turner 4, Williams 3, Brown 2, Price 2, Ballinger, Frey, Harris, Mason). Steals: 7 (Price 4, Williams 2, Turner).

KANSAS (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Collison 21 4-4 1-1 0-6 1 2 9 Bradford 20 7-9 0-0 1-5 5 3 14 Chenowith 25 5-8 1-1 0-1 1 1 11 Boschee 20 6-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 16 Gregory 17 6-11 3-6 5-7 2 0 15 Gooden 20 3-10 3-5 6-11 5 3 9 Earl 6 2-3 0-0 1-1 3 0 4 Nooner 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hinrich 18 2-5 0-0 1-3 9 4 5 Crider 3 0-3 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Carey 3 0-0 0-1 0-2 1 1 0 London 17 2-6 0-0 0-0 4 3 4 Johnson 12 5-6 0-0 1-2 1 1 10 Axtell 14 6-9 0-0 1-4 1 0 14 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 48-81 8-14 17-44 36 19 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.593, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Boschee 4-4, Gregory 0-1, Nooner 0-1, Hinrich 1-2, Crider 0-2, London 0-1, Axtell 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Chenowith 3, Gooden, Hinrich, Johnson). Turnovers: 17 (Collison 5, Chenowith 3, Boschee 2, Bradford 2, Gooden 2, Earl, Hinrich, London). Steals: 10 (Hinrich 3, Bradford 2, Nooner 2, Axtell, Collison, Gooden). __________________________________ Xavier 43 27 - 70 Kansas 53 58 - 111 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 8,700. Officials: Verne Harris, Terry Christman, James Leitch.