Sunday, March 7, 2004

Chaney doesn't temper criticism


XU notebook

By Dustin Dow
The Cincinnati Enquirer

PHILADELPHIA - Temple coach John Chaney did not have much to say about the 31-point performance from senior guard David Hawkins Saturday against the Musketeers.

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Temple coach John Chaney addresses his team late in the first half. He was not happy with them after the game.
(AP photo)
But Chaney did not hesitate to talk about the lack of production or defense from the rest of Temple's team in Xavier's 70-69 win. In fact, Chaney was particularly incensed with his big men.

Temple center Keith Butler grabbed 14 rebounds, and forward Antywane Robinson scored 11 points, but Chaney was disgusted nonetheless.

"Our big guys gave us nothing," Chaney said. "Absolutely nothing. That's why I'm really upset. No help for David (Hawkins). None."

Chaney was just getting warmed up. He went on to complain that his big men couldn't play defense despite their responsibility being to guard one man, and nothing more.

"If I had a baseball bat, I'd beat the (expletive) out of all them right now," Chaney said. "Each one of our big guys. That's how mad I am. I want to kill them. That's how mad I am, and that's how vile I am."

IN THE ZONE: Xavier coach Thad Matta never liked zone defenses all that much until this season.

The zone Xavier played Saturday in the second half against Temple shut down the Owls and Hawkins, who scored 28 of his 31 points before XU made the switch. After watching Temple shoot 50 percent in the first half, Xavier limited the Owls to 32.1 percent in the second half.

"We had talked about playing some zone," Matta said. "I'm a guy that when something is working, we'll stay with it. It was real effective for us down the stretch."

This is the third time this season Xavier has used the zone extensively. The Musketeers defeated Richmond and George Washington by using zone attacks.

BALL CONTROL: Xavier got back into the game offensively in the second half by taking care of the ball. The Musketeers committed just two second-half turnovers while recording 11 of their 19 assists.

Lionel Chalmers and Romain Sato each had six assists, and Chalmers did not commit a turnover.

Atlantic 10 Tournament schedule

Wednesday

Game 1: Xavier vs. St. Bonaventure, Noon

Game 2: URI vs. La Salle, 2 p.m.

Game 3: UMass vs. Duquesne, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Richmond vs. Fordham, 9 p.m.

Thursday

Game 5: Xavier/St. Bonaventure winner vs. Saint Joseph's, Noon

Game 6: Rhode Island/La Salle winner vs. George Washington, 2 p.m.

Game 7: UMass/Duquesne winner vs. Dayton, 7 p.m.

Game 8: Richmond/Fordham winner vs. Temple, 9 p.m.

Friday

Game 9: Game 5 vs. Game 6, 7 p.m.

Game 10: Game 7 vs. Game 8, 9 p.m.

Saturday

Championship: 6 p.m.

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E-mail ddow@enquirer.com




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