Saturday, November 03, 2001
Xavier 75, EA Sports All- Stars 67
Muskies find plenty to work on
By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Exhibition basketball games are supposed to be dress rehearsals for the regular season. And Xavier got a feel Friday for everything to expect right down to the dressing-down from new coach Thad Matta.
Thad Matta yells at his team during a timeout.
(Craig Ruttle photos)
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At times, you've got to find the right way to motivate them, Matta said.
The Musketeers responded well, rallying for a 75-67 victory over the EA Sports All-Stars before 5,623 fans at Cintas Center. XU trailed 61-53 with 7 1/2 minutes left before its defense sparked a 14-1 run to take control.
The Musketeers were morose poring over the stat sheet, which showed them being outrebounded (41-39) and outshot (40.6 percent to 40.3).
We'll learn a lot more from this than from a blowout, center David West said.
The biggest concern was unsteady offensive execution in the second half, when XU shot just 28 percent (9-of-32). Said Matta: Offensively, we looked like a team with a lot of young players, a new head coach and a new system.
Which it is.
We're playing hard, but there's still a long way to go, swingman Dave Young said.
Xavier's David Young bangs with EA Sports' Eric Holmes.
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The good news:
Kevin Frey was quite active, indicating his surgically repaired left ankle could be near 100 percent. He played 33 minutes, totaling 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Lionel Chalmers scored 17 points and totaled six assists with just two turnovers.
Young shot 3-of-4 for nine points.
West was his same steady self: 20 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks.
Matta wanted a good look at his bench, though that includes just four scholarship players -- all of whom played in the first 8 1/2 minutes. But the reserves combined for just seven points.
XU committed just 11 turnovers, but Matta said h ewanted more than the 13 assists he got.
XU held EA to 40.6-percent shooting, forced 19 turnovers and totaled eight blocks.
Xavier Frey 3-11 4-7 11, Sato 3-7 2-3 11, West 7-16 6-8 20, Chalmers 6-14 5-8 17, Young 3-4 1-2 9, Coleman 1-3 0-0 2, Brown 2-5 0-0 4, Jackson 0-1 1-2 1.
EA Sports - Willform 6-12 1-3 16, Jackson 2-5 0-0 5, Dottin 2-5 1-1 5, Ellison 1-10 1-3 3, Parris 7-9 4-4 20, Holmes 4-9 0-0 10, Bankhead 3-10 0-0 6, Tower 1-3 0-0 2.
Halftime-EA Sports 37, Xavier 36. 3-point Goals-Xavier 6-19 (Sato 3-5, Young 2-3, Frey 1-2). EA Sports-9-27 (Willform 3-6, Jackson 1-3, Parris 2-3, Holmes 2-6). Rebounds: X-39 (West 12), EA-41 (Parris 10). Assists: X-13 (Chalmers 6), EA-14 (Dottin 5). A-5,623.
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