Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Xavier 75, San Francisco 49


Muskies learn from Wisconsin, rip USF 74-49

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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XU's Maurice McAfee lunges for a loose ball.
(Steven M. Herppich photos)
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        Xavier's film session Sunday lasted longer than Titanic and offered the same sinking feeling. The Musketeers' loss Saturday to Wisconsin went down worse the second time, but it fueled a fire XU used Tuesday to torch San Francisco 75-49.

        XU's finest effort of the season came courtesy of the team's pride being called into question.

        “We looked bad (at Wisconsin),” senior guard Maurice McAfee said. “To see it ourselves on tape was embarrassing. It was a wake-up call.”

        XU bore the brunt of a Skip Prosser tirade, two team meetings and a lengthy practice Sunday. Monday, XU's practice was sharp. Tuesday, so was the shooting.

        The Musketeers (5-1) shook their shooting slump by hitting 49.1 percent of their shots, their finest effort of the year and nearly double the .273 shooting of their Wisconsin loss. With Lloyd Price back in the lineup, an energized press forced 25 USF turnovers, and XU's guards made a season-best 12 3-pointers.

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Kevin Frey grabs an offensive rebound.
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        “I hope we learned a lesson from the Wisconsin game,” Prosser said. “We showed 'em the tape and said, "Can't you see what happens when you don't set good screens?'”

        Said McAfee: “It's a lot about effort. We were running (the offense) like a high school team against Wisconsin, and that isn't going to do it. We can't just go through the motions.”

        USF (4-4) packed its zone defense tight and dared XU to make outside shots. The Musketeers were shooting just .260 on 3-pointers entering the game.

        Tuesday, five different Musketeers made 3-pointers, including sophomore Lionel Chalmers going 5-of-5 from that range.

        “We executed, and we shot with confidence,” Chalmers said.

        It was a night for nostalgia:

        Price pogo-ing on an achy ankle, ignoring a sprain to test it full-speed for the first team this season. McAfee woofing at the Dons after forced turnovers. Kevin Frey grabbing offensive rebounds and sticking them back, totaling 19 points.

        “We needed to bounce back from the loss,” XU center David West said.

        Chalmers tied Frey for top scoring honors with 19 points, and Romain Sato added 16. McAfee scored only five points, but he totaled seven assists, four steals and four rebounds.

        But Price was the story. He totaled six points, three assists and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

        “My ankle is still going to bother me, but that can't be a factor,” Price said. “It's gonna get better. I've just got to keep playing on it.”

        The play of the night, Price's 360-degree, spin-dribble layup, went for naught because of a traveling call. But it was the best reminder yet of Price's prowess.

        “That play was a good sign,” Prosser said. “It showed he wasn't afraid to test it. We didn't need him 100 percent, but we need him to do as much as he can.”

        XU's press is getting sharper, producing an average of 22.2 turnovers per game. The single-season school record is 21.9 in the 1997-98 season.

        “We shared the ball well, as 21 assists would indicate, and we guarded as well as we've guarded in a long time,” Prosser said.

        XU will visit Princeton (2-2) Saturday, its last tuneup before the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout next week at Cincinnati.

Sato up after Wisconsin downer


SAN FRANCISCO (49)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Tucker          30  3-11   2-4   1-2  0  3    9
Lee             34   5-7   3-3   0-0  0  2   13
Brewer          21   1-3   0-0   1-6  0  4    2
Stallworth      36  5-10   1-3   2-5  3  2   11
Thomas          30   5-6   0-0   0-5  6  2   11
Akinsete        21   0-2   1-2   1-3  0  1    1
Tarbat          12   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  1    0
E Brown         16   1-3   0-0   1-3  1  1    2
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TOTALS         200 20-43  7-12  6-25 10 16   49
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Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals:
2-7, .286 (Tucker 1-3, Stallworth 0-1, Thomas
1-2, Akinsete 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked
shots: 6 (Brewer 6). Turnovers: 25 (Stallworth 6,
Tucker 6, Thomas 4, Akinsete 3, Lee 3, Tarbat 2,
Brewer). Steals: 2 (Thomas, Tucker).


XAVIER (75)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Frey            33  8-13   2-2   4-6  1  2   19
Sato            30  6-13   0-0   3-4  2  2   16
West            26   1-2   2-4   0-5  5  4    4
Mcafee          35   2-8   0-0   1-4  7  1    5
Chalmers        27   7-9   0-0   0-0  1  2   19
Nixon            2   0-1   0-0   1-2  0  0    0
Young            4   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Mcintosh         4   0-0   0-0   0-0  2  0    0
Brown            3   1-1   0-0   0-1  0  0    2
Price           16   2-5   1-2   1-2  3  2    6
Mason            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Butler          19   1-4   2-3   1-2  0  3    4
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TOTALS         200 28-57  7-11 11-26 21 16   75
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Percentages: FG-.491, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals:
12-27, .444 (Frey 1-3, Sato 4-11, Mcafee 1-5,
Chalmers 5-5, Young 0-1, Price 1-2). Team
rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 3 (West 2, Butler).
Turnovers: 16 (Chalmers 5, Mcafee 4, Price 2,
Brown, Butler, Frey, Sato, West). Steals: 8
(Mcafee 4, West 3, Sato).
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San Francisco      25   24  -   49
Xavier             36   39  -   75
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 9,162. Officials: Jim
Jenkins, Jack Saunders, David Bair.


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