Sunday, December 05, 1999

Xavier 80, East Tennessee St. 55


McAfee has career day

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Aaron Turner is guarded by Leo Murray, a former Muskie who transferred to ETSU.
(AP photos)

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        He couldn't miss. Everything Maurice McAfee fired up in the first 12 minutes went in.

        That included four 3-pointers. That included a wild driving bank shot that went something like this: McAfee, going at full speed, drives into traffic from the right side of the lane, dribbles behind his back, then flips the ball off the glass with his right hand from the left side.

        “That's a playground move,” McAfee said. “Those are the type of things you practice just in case. You get in a situation like that, what are you going to do? If a guy cuts you off, you're not going to be able to go over the top of him all the time, so you improvise.”

        The junior point guard tallied 19 of his career-high 23 points in the first half — with 2:07 on the clock, it was McAfee 19, East Tennessee State 19 — in an 80-55 Xavier victory Saturday before 8,360 fans at the Cincinnati Gardens.

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Kevin Frey fumbles for a loose ball.

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        McAfee also hit a career-high five 3s, all in the first half — two shy of Jamie Gladden's single-game school record.

        “He was hitting them from everywhere,” said East Tennessee State senior Leo Murray, a former Musketeer.

        “I was feeling it,” McAfee said. “After you make your first couple, you get to thinking, yea, I'm in a groove, and it just flows. I kind of saw their heads going down after I got going.”

        McAfee averaged 12.7 points in three games at the Great Alaska Shootout, but shot just 40 percent from the field and had 12 assists and 15 turnovers.

        Coach Skip Prosser said the first-year starter “learned some lessons” in Anchorage.

        “It was a sobering experience for him, a couple of the games,” Prosser said. “I think that heightens his awareness of what he's got to do to make us really good. I thought in the first half (Saturday) he was unbelievable.”

        McAfee, who leads XU in scoring (15.6 ppg), complemented his shooting with six assists, two steals and no turnovers. He did not find himself open as much in the second half and focused on distributing the ball more.

        “I was trying to get 10 (assists),” he said. “I need a double-double. I had one last year, and I'm trying to get more than one this year.”

        The contest was over in less than six minutes. Xavier (4-1) scored 15 consecutive points to go ahead 19-2. East Tennessee State had taken just one shot but had six turnovers.

        It only got worse from there. The Musketeers' lead reached 26 points before halftime.

        “Once they get a lead like that, it's hard to come back,” Murray said. “There are a lot of good athletes out there.”

        Prosser said: “The first 15 minutes we just played great. We really played hard, we were unselfish. I thought we played hard the whole game but we weren't nearly as crisp. The convenient thing to say is we're young and we lost concentration because of the score. I just have a hard time accepting that.”

        Prosser was pleased with the victory. But he's trying to get that type of play for 40 minutes.

        Sophomore Lloyd Price, for example, had a strong first half with three steals, two assists, four rebounds and 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. In the second half, he was 1-of-3 from the field with two points and found himself in foul trouble again.

        By then, of course, it was too late for the 2-4 Buccaneers, who never had a chance.

        “I'm not naive enough to think we come in here and beat Xavier on their home floor with a young backcourt, but I wanted to at least play well early just to get our guys a little confidence, and we really didn't do that,” said ETSU coach Ed DeChellis, a friend of Prosser's. “Things snowballed from there.”

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EAST TENN ST (55)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Childress       21   3-7   1-2   1-3  1  1    9
Meeks           21   1-1   0-0   1-2  1  4    2
Murray          30  4-11   1-2   2-9  2  2    9
Decoster        17   0-0   2-2   2-3  2  3    2
Mcduffie        24   3-9   1-2   2-5  1  2    8
Lawson          20   1-5   2-2   0-1  4  3    5
Anavitarte       1   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
Daniel          11   1-7   2-2   0-0  0  0    4
Lisicky         10   1-3   0-0   1-1  2  1    3
Griffith        16   2-5   1-3   1-2  0  0    5
Davis            5   0-0   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
Potter           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Johnson         23   2-5   2-5  7-11  0  3    6
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TOTALS         200 19-54 12-20 18-38 13 19   55
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Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Childress 2-4, Mcduffie 1-3, Lawson 1-4, Lisicky 1-3, Griffith 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Murray 2, Mcduffie, Lawson, Daniel, Johnson). Turnovers: 29 (Murray 7, Lawson 4, Meeks 4, Daniel 3, Davis 3, Mcduffie 3, Childress, Decoster, Johnson, Lisicky). Steals: 6 (Murray 2, Daniel, Johnson, Lawson, Mcduffie).

XAVIER (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Price 22 5-8 1-2 4-5 2 4 12 Turner 27 3-6 2-2 3-7 0 2 8 West 19 5-9 5-5 4-4 3 4 15 Mcafee 31 7-13 4-6 1-4 6 3 23 Williams 29 2-9 0-0 0-1 1 1 5 Frey 25 2-5 0-0 2-5 1 2 4 Mcintosh 10 3-6 0-0 2-2 0 0 6 Johnson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brown 21 3-10 0-0 1-3 4 3 7 Harris 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mason 3 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 Ballinger 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Butler 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 30-67 12-17 17-32 18 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Price 1-1, Mcafee 5-8, Williams 1-5, Frey 0-2, Mcintosh 0-2, Brown 1-4). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 11 (Price 4, Frey 3, Williams 2, Mcafee 2). Turnovers: 16 (West 4, Brown 3, Frey 3, Butler, Harris, Johnson, Turner, Williams). Steals: 11 (Price 4, Frey 3, Mcafee 2, Williams 2). __________________________________ East Tenn St 23 32 - 55 Xavier 47 33 - 80 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 8,360. Officials: John Larocca, Carl Labranche, Frankie Bordeaux.