Wednesday, February 4, 2004

XU students 'politely' mock UC, Huggins

Crosstown Shootout Notebook

By Colleen Kane
The Cincinnati Enquirer

In light of recent comments by UC head coach Bob Huggins about the poor conduct of Musketeers fans at the last Crosstown Shootout at Cintas Center, the Xavier student section was told to be on its best behavior Tuesday night.


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The students were given fliers this week that asked for better conduct this time, Xavier junior Drew Misch said.

Before the game, Xavier officials repeatedly warned students to keep their chants clean.

The section responded with signs that read "Welcome Fellow Scholars," "Air Jesuits" and "God's on our Side" and a short-lived chant of "Bobby."

Huggins acknowledged the students and their signs with a small wave halfway through pregame warmups.

"We're going to cheer appropriately, not offensively," Misch said.

Misch was in the upper level of Cintas Center during Xavier's last home Shootout, and said he did not hear the chants during the national anthem that Huggins complained about earlier this week.

"There were some inappropriate chants that we all regret, but not during the national anthem. That would be disgraceful," Misch said.

Xavier president Rev. Michael J. Graham welcomed new UC president Nancy Zimpher at center court before the game, and the crowd responded with polite applause and a few boos from the student section.

The students were also fairly quiet during the national anthem.

"I'm going to wait until after the national anthem," Xavier freshman Jason Martynowski said.

Xavier senior guard Lionel Chalmers said the Musketeers didn't pay attention to the controversy surrounding fans this week.

"We just come out and play hard. ... We don't worry about that stuff," Chalmers said.

FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTE: It was the first Crosstown Shootout for Xavier freshman Justin Doellman, but he knew how big the game would be.

Doellman, one of the few local products in Tuesday's game, graduated from Ryle High School in Union and grew up watching the Shootout.

The forward started in his first UC matchup and shot 3-of-12 for 10 points in the game. He also added three assists and four rebounds.

Fellow freshman forward Justin Cage also started in his first Shootout.

Cage made five of six free throws for five points and also came up with two steals in 26 minutes of playing time.

NBA PRESENCE: Fourteen NBA scouts were in the stands Tuesday.

HICKS BLOCKS XU: UC recorded a season-high 11 blocks, including three blocks in the last five minutes of the game.

UC sophomore forward Eric Hicks led the charge with a career-high eight blocks in the contest.

Hicks' previous high of six blocks came against Southern Miss in March 2003.

UC BOMBS AWAY: It was raining 3s for the Bearcats, who sank 10 3-pointers, just one off their season high.

UC emerged in the second half to make four 3-pointers in the first 4:16, but they could make only one the rest of the game. In fact, the Bearcats did not score a field goal in the final 6:31 of the game.



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