Thursday, February 5, 2004

Chalmers savoring Shootout victory

By Dustin Dow
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Lionel Chalmers' euphoria from hitting the game-winning shot against archrival Cincinnati Tuesday probably will have passed by the time Xavier begins preparing for its next opponent today.

But Tuesday night, he was Mr. Popular after he led Xavier to a 71-69 upset of No. 10 Cincinnati in the Crosstown Shootout.

Besieged with media requests immediately after the game, Chalmers eventually made it back to his on-campus apartment where his parents, who came in from Albany, N.Y., were waiting and watching SportsCenter. Of course, they viewed the highlights of the game a couple times, seeing Chalmers hit the 18-foot jump shot with 27 seconds left that lifted Xavier to the win.

"I really enjoyed it," Chalmers said. "I relaxed a little bit, went out and saw a couple people."

He also took a phone call from a notable former Xavier teammate, David West, now of the New Orleans Hornets.

"He watched the whole thing," Chalmers said. "He just said, 'Good game,' and we were talking about some of the plays."

West, who won national player of the year honors last season at Xavier, finished his career with the same record against UC as Chalmers and current XU senior Romain Sato: 3-1. Xavier has won four of the last five Shootouts.

"We got them again," Chalmers said. "They still can't beat us."


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