Wednesday, January 26, 2000

Temple 59, Xavier 40


Musketeers' scoring drought continues

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Kevin Frey's shot is blocked by Kevin Lyde.
(AP photos)
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        PHILADELPHIA — All of a sudden, Xavier can't score.

        No.24 Temple beat XU 59-40 for the Musketeers' fourth straight loss, as XU picked up where it left off in its previous outing.

        The Muskies managed just 49 points Sunday against LaSalle, their worst offensive showing in 16 years. And Tuesday night was their worst production since a 30-28 loss to Oklahoma City on Jan.23, 1982 at Schmidt Fieldhouse.

        Entering Sunday's game, Xavier was averaging 77.3 points.

        “We're in a funk,” said point guard Maurice McAfee, who was 1-of-10 from the field. “They're a good defensive team, no doubt, but we've gotten it done in the past. I wish I had an answer.”

        XU, on its longest slide in four years, has not lost five in a row since the 1981-82 season under Bob Staak.

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David West shoots over Lamont Barnes and Lyde.
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        Temple led by four points at intermission, then started the second half with a 13-3 run. Quincy Wadley's second 3-pointer made it 36-22 with 16:36 left.

        The Owls' lead reached 16 with 9:11 remaining. The closest Xavier got after that was at 46-38 thanks to a Kevin Frey 3-pointer.

        XU shot 24.1 percent from the field.

        It wasn't just Temple's aggressive defense, either. The Musketeers missed open shots and put-backs.

        For good measure, they also had 18 turnovers.

        Xavier (11-7, 2-4 Atlantic 10) has lost four of its last five road games. Temple (13-4, 6-1) stands first in the A-10 East Division.

        Senior Darnell Williams led Xavier with 15 points but was 5-of-16 from the field.

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Alvin Brown and Frey lose a rebound to Lyde.
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        Mark Karcher had 19 points for Temple. Lamont Barnes and Wadley each added 11 before a small crowd of 3,458 on a snowy night.

        “We just couldn't get anything,” Frey said. “As soon as you think you've got a good look, then all of a sudden you've got three people on you.”

        The Owls led 23-19 at the half. Lloyd Price kept Xavier in the game, scoring 12 of his 14 points before the break.

        The game could not have gotten off to an uglier start.

        After 10 minutes, the teams were a combined 5-of-30 from the field with 16 turnovers, and they missed their first 10 attempts from 3-point range. Xavier started 0-of-9 and hit only two of its first 19 shots.

        “We came out real sluggish in the first four minutes of the game,” Price said. “That's when they took it to us, and we never really could get back from that. We've got to come out every game with the same high intensity. That's what we lack right now.”

        One thing the Musketeers stressed entering the game was that they could not afford to turn over the ball. But by halftime, they had given it away 12 times.

        “To beat them, especially here, you have to shoot a decent percentage,” XU coach Skip Prosser said. “We took 58 shots. Fifty of those were pretty decent looks.

        “As I told the kids at halftime, I thought we were aggressive on defense and tentative on offense. Then again, it's hard to be aggressive when you can't make a basket.”

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 XAVIER (40)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Frey            35   1-8   0-0   2-9  1  4    3
Price           37  5-16   1-2   4-8  1  3   14
West            30   2-6   1-2   5-9  1  1    5
Mcafee          39  1-10   0-0   2-3  1  4    3
Williams        34  5-16   3-3   1-4  1  3   15
Brown            7   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Butler           4   0-1   0-0   1-1  0  1    0
Turner          11   0-0   0-0   2-3  2  1    0
Mcintosh         3   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
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TOTALS         200 14-58   5-7 17-37  8 18   40
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Percentages: FG-.241, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 7-27, .259 (Frey 1-4, Price 3-6, Mcafee 1-9, Williams 2-8). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 5 (Frey 2, Price, West, Mcafee). Turnovers: 18 (Mcafee 4, Price 4, Williams 4, Frey 3, Brown, Turner, West). Steals: 6 (Price 2, Williams 2, Frey, Mcafee).

TEMPLE (59) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Karcher 30 8-15 0-1 3-4 1 3 19 Barnes 39 4-6 3-3 1-4 0 0 11 Lyde 32 1-4 0-2 5-8 1 1 2 P Sanchez 39 1-7 6-6 0-8 8 1 9 Wadley 27 4-10 0-2 0-6 2 2 11 Greer 21 2-11 2-2 3-4 2 2 7 Rollerson 4 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 K Sanders 8 0-0 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 20-54 11-17 14-39 14 9 59 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Karcher 3-6, Barnes 0-1, P Sanchez 1-3, Wadley 3-8, Greer 1-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 5 (Lyde 3, Karcher, Barnes). Turnovers: 13 (Karcher 4, P Sanchez 4, Barnes 2, Greer, Wadley). Steals: 11 (P Sanchez 3, Karcher 2, Lyde 2, Wadley 2, Barnes, Greer). __________________________________ Xavier 19 21 - 40 Temple 23 36 - 59 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 3,458. Officials: Tim Higgins, Robert Donato, Donnie Gray.



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