Sunday, December 05, 1999

XAVIER NOTEBOOK


Williams has brief scare with bad knee

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Xavier senior Darnell Williams was helped off the court with 6:57 left Saturday after an East Tennessee State player backed into his knees as he tried to get a defensive rebound.

        Williams said his right knee — on which he had surgery in June 1998 — got sandwiched and “it was a jolt.”

        “Since I've been there, done that, I know when something happens, but nothing popped,” he said. “Don't worry guys, I'll be back. I might be in a slump right now, but I'll be back.”

        Williams returned briefly with 3:17 remaining. Still, he finished with only five points, his lowest output since Feb. 15, 1997.

        In his last three games, Williams has averaged just seven points and is 1-of-11 from 3-point range.

Leo returns
       

        Former Musketeer Leo Murray, who transfered to East Tennessee State after the 1996-97 season, had nine points and nine rebounds, just under his season averages coming in (10.6, 9.8). Murray missed his first five field goal attempts but went 4-of-6 the rest of the way.

        “It was rough,” he said. “We're playing a top-50 team at (their) home. I think we learned a lot from it. I'm glad it's behind me. It's exhausting. There's a lot of energy in here.”

Looking ahead
        Xavier recruit Romain Guessagba-Sato, in his first high school game in the United States, set a Dayton Christian record with 44 points Friday night in an 89-72 victory over Columbus Bishop Hartley in the Miami Valley Shootout.

        Guessagba-Sato, who signed with XU last month, was 7-of-8 from 3-point range, 13-of-17 from the foul line and also had 10 rebounds and five assists.

Looking back
       

        Former Musketeer Torraye Braggs was named CBA American Conference Player of the Week for Nov. 19-27. Playing for the Rockford Lightning, Braggs was averaging 17.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 55.3 percent from the field.

Notable
        In the final 2:19, Xavier played with 6-10 Reggie Butler, 6-10 Obi Harris and 6-9 Marcus Mason on the floor at the same time — and was outrebounded 5-2 during that span.

        • XU held a 17-4 scoring advantage on fastbreak points.

Up next
        Xavier plays at Miami on Wednesday (7 p.m.). The Musketeers have not won at Millett Hall since 1993.

        Xavier 80, East Tennessee St. 55
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