Friday, January 29, 1999

MIAMI NOTEBOOK


Mestas' 'spot' duty: 37 minutes

BY SCOTT MacGREGOR
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        OXFORD — Rob Mestas wasn't supposed to be able to play the whole game Thursday. Miami coach Charlie Coles had been told his starting point guard may only be available for spotty action against Bowling Green because of continuing knee problems.

        But there was Mestas playing 37 minutes and scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including two impressive drive-and-layup hoops in the second half of Miami's 83-72 victory.

        “It takes a while (to recover),” Coles said. “It swells up from time-to-time. He's practicing about 40-to-50 percent of the time. It's not harmful. Maybe it's helping him out.”

Taylor's stroke
        Miami guard Anthony Taylor picked a fine way to announce his return to the scoring column.

        Taylor had returned to game action last Saturday at Marshall after missing seven games with sore arches in his foot and a school-related policy issue, but didn't attempt a shot in seven minutes of playing time.

        Thursday, Taylor hit just one shot, but it was a pretty three-pointer on his first shot attempt in nine games. The jumper came just after Taylor entered the ballgame.

Noteworthy
        • Szczerbiak moved up from sixth to fourth on the school's all-time scoring list with 25 points Thursday to give him 1,500 for his career. He has scored in double figures in 25 consecutive games.

        • ESPN reporter Curry Kirkpatrick was at Millett scouting Szczerbiak for an upcoming feature.

Up next
        The RedHawks play host to MAC West Division leader Toledo (15-3, 7-3) on Monday at Millett Hall. Originally scheduled for Jan.13, the game was postponed because Toledo couldn't get to Oxford because of icy roads.

        Miami's athletic department is allowing fans to use ticket stubs or unused tickets from the Jan.13 date to get in Monday. Fans who can't attend Monday but have tickets from Jan.13 can exchange them for any remaining regular-season home game.

       



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