Wednesday, January 10, 2001

UMass 75, Xavier 64


Muskies take first loss in Cintas Center

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Lloyd Price and Kevin Frey combined for 13 points and three rebounds.
(Jeff Swinger photos)
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        Massachusetts was a sleeping giant awakened. Xavier played like it needed a wake-up call.

        The Musketeers saw their six-game winning streak and Top 25 dreams end Tuesday night in a 75-64 defeat, losing for the first time in Cintas Center. Sleepwalking through the first 34 minutes and relying almost entirely on David West — he can't do it by himself — they let the Minutemen rule the boards in an easy upset.

        “We should have been more enthusiastic,” XU senior captain Maurice McAfee said. “We've got a lot at stake and we're playing on our home court. But they played with a seriousness of purpose we didn't have.”

        UMass (4-9), which entered Atlantic 10 play at 2-9, is now tied for the league lead at 2-0. XU (11-3, 2-1 A-10), a 13-point favorite, had a 14-game home winning streak snapped and missed a chance to tie its finest start in school history.

        Where does it go from here?

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David West scored a career-high 28 points.
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        “We were 11-3 last year, too,” XU coach Skip Prosser said. “What's important now is how we handle the next practice, the next game. Every game you lose, you're at a potential big-time crossroads.”

        Last January, XU lost four straight games. The Musketeers never recovered, missing the NCAA Tournament.

        “Last year in this same position, we messed around, and it cost us,” West said. “The guys don't want that to be a part of this season.”

        West broke his career scoring high for the second straight game, totaling 28 points with 11 rebounds, but he had little help. UMass outrebounded XU 43-26, a turnaround from the 43-21 rebounding edge the Musketeers had last season in an 87-77 victory over UMass.

        XU entered Tuesday's game ranked No.2 in the league in rebounding margin (plus-4.6), not having been outrebounded in its last eight games. UMass ranked 10th of 11 teams (minus-2.4).

        “It hurts when you let a team beat you on your home floor,” West said. “They played with a lot more pride than we did. It has nothing to do with basketball. It just comes down to heart.”

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Lionel Chalmers
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        XU has lost just three of its last 57 home games, two of them to UMass. UMass is the only team against which XU has a losing record in A-10 regular-season play (2-4, including 1-3 in Cincinnati).

        UMass raced to a 13-point lead midway through the first half, though XU crept within 35-31 five minutes into the second half. But XU rushed shots all night, shooting .333 — its second-worst showing of the season — and doomed its own comeback hopes. With six minutes left, it faced its biggest deficit at 61-45.

        It staged one last charge, rallying to within six points with 1:13 left. But Monty Mack made two free throws for UMass and McAfee missed back-to-back 3-point tries on the other end. When Shannon Crooks made two more free throws with 56 seconds left, it was over.

        XU's backcourt, rated second-best in the A-10 by Blue Ribbon, was dominated by the one Blue Ribbon judged the best. Mack scored 26 points, and the backcourt totaled 45 points; XU's guards scored just 15 points.

        XU was 5-of-23 (.217) on 3-pointers, continuing a season-long struggle (.286) from that distance.

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Frey
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        “Outside, we couldn't get anything going,” XU sophomore guard Lionel Chalmers said. “I hope we learned our lesson: We've got to play hard every night.”

        Said junior Lloyd Price: “It's just one loss. There's no long-term concerns. All we gotta do is come back strong.”

        XU shot just 5-for-22 in the first half (.227), its worst-shooting half of the season.

        Its previous low was a 5-for-20 showing (.250) in the second half of its 61-46 loss at Wisconsin.

        The Musketeers scored more points from the free throw line (13) than on baskets (11) in the first half Tuesday.

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MASSACHUSETTS (75)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Smith           30   0-4   0-0  4-11  2  5    0
Brand           16   3-6   0-0   1-3  1  4    6
Rhymer          21   3-4   3-6   3-5  1  4    9
Mack            38  8-19   6-7   0-5  1  3   26
Crooks          26   3-7   6-8   0-4  3  3   12
Depina          23   1-3   4-4   1-3  2  0    7
Rogers          20   1-4   1-2   2-3  2  1    3
Blizzard        14   2-3   2-4   2-2  0  3    7
Williams        12   2-2   1-2   1-5  0  3    5
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TOTALS         200 23-52 23-33 14-41 12 26   75
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Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.697. 3-Point Goals:
6-14, .429 (Mack 4-10, Crooks 0-1, Depina 1-2,
Blizzard 1-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 4
(Blizzard 4). Turnovers: 19 (Smith 4, Blizzard 3,
Williams 3, Depina 2, Mack 2, Brand, Rhymer,
Rogers). Steals: 4 (Blizzard, Mack, Rogers,
Smith).


XAVIER (64)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Frey            23   1-6   4-4   0-1  1  1    7
Price           32   2-8   1-2   0-2  1  5    6
West            37  7-13 14-17  3-11  2  2   28
Mcafee          38   1-6   4-6   2-3  5  5    7
Sato            23   1-5   0-0   0-3  2  4    3
Chalmers        26   2-9   0-0   0-1  3  4    5
Young            5   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Mcintosh         1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Brown            6   0-2   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
Mason            1   1-1   0-0   1-1  0  0    2
Butler           8   3-3   0-1   2-2  1  2    6
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TOTALS         200 18-54 23-30  9-25 15 26   64
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Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals:
5-23, .217 (Frey 1-2, Price 1-3, Mcafee 1-6, Sato
1-5, Chalmers 1-7). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked
shots: 4 (Sato 2, West, Butler). Turnovers: 14
(Frey 4, Mcafee 3, West 2, Young 2, Chalmers,
Price, Sato). Steals: 6 (West 2, Chalmers, Frey,
Mcafee, Mcintosh).
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Massachusetts      30   45  -   75
Xavier             24   40  -   64
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 10,250. Officials:
Gary Bova, Mike Sanzere, Joe Demayo.


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