Thursday, November 11, 1999

Xavier 92, B.C. Honved of Hungary 61


Price, XU off to good start

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Xavier sophomore Lloyd Price has said he wants to be able to do everything this season, become more of a complete player.

        Outside shooting. Defense. Rebounding. He thinks he can do it all, in addition to his often electrifying moves to the basket.

        He called Wednesday night merely a starting point.

        Price led Xavier in scoring (21 points), rebounding (five) and steals (five) in a 92-61 rout of B.C. Honved of Hungary before 4,761 fans at the Cincinnati Gardens.

        The game, of course, was no contest. It was 14-2 Xavier after five minutes. But as with all exhibition games, the night was more about evaluation.

        Price stood out with his slam dunks off alley-oop passes, his two 3-point baskets (he had 10 all last season) and his clean picks of opposing players.

        “I played all right, but I didn't play anywhere near as well as I can,” he said. “I jerked my neck a couple times on shots. I can play harder on defense. I can just take it up another level. The main thing is actions speak louder than words.”

        The Musketeers looked unselfish (25 assists) and showed some balance (five players scored in double figures) that could make them harder to predict this season.

        “We're going to have to spread it out more,” coach Skip Prosser said. “I like it now. We'll find out how I feel in a month or so.”

        Junior point guard Maurice McAfee, in his first season as a starter, had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added nine assists.

        Darnell Williams scored 12 points, and Kevin Frey and Alvin Brown came off the bench to score 10 each.

        “The execution wasn't great but playing hard made up for it,” Price said.

        Brown, who has never had more than one assist in a regular-season game, finished with six assists and just one turnover (he did have six assists in an exhibition game last year). Recruited as a shooting guard, this was Brown's first XU game at point guard.

        “It felt good,” he said. “I'm just happy to be on the floor. I think I played a pretty

        good game. I really just wanted to play solid at the point.”

        Williams, in his first game after a year on the sideline with a knee injury, went right to work, driving to the basket and scoring on XU's first possession. He was 5-of-11 from the field with four rebounds and three assists.

        “In the first half his movements were glacial,” Prosser said. “... He was too cerebral. In the second half, he was much more explosive. Hopefully that's a sign of things to come.”

        The starting jobs at power forward and center remain up for grabs.

        Starter Aaron Turner was 3-for-3 from the field with seven points and four rebounds, but had two turnovers and missed three free throws.

        Junior Reggie Butler started at center but picked up three personal fouls in less than 31/2 minutes and went to the bench for the rest of the first half. He had two points and one rebound in seven minutes.

        Freshman David West entered just 3:22 into the game and in 16 seconds had the first of his three blocked shots in seven first-half minutes.

        Frey didn't start because of an off-court infraction. He showed some versatility with a 3-pointer — he had eight all last season.

       



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