Thursday, March 09, 2000

Miami Notebook

Mestas goes distance, gets all-tourney team

        CLEVELAND Rob Mestas played all 40 minutes again Wednesday night.

        Mestas, the hardest working man in college basketball, was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Tournament team Wednesday after Miami's 61-58 loss to Ball State in the final here.

        Teammate Jason Stewart, who had 25 points on top of his 32-point game in the semis, was also named all-tourney.

        Mestas' contributions aren't always so obvious. He had 11 points, three assists, three steals and just one turnover Wednesday. He played buzzer-to-buzzer for the 19th time this season. Mestas averaged 39.9 minutes a game this season — not bad for a guy who has had four knee surgeries.

        Mestas held tourney MVP Duane Clemens to four second-half points.

        “Clemens is a great player,” Miami coach Charlie Coles said. “But Rob's a great player too. That was a classic matchup.”

Future plans
        Coles' plans after the game?

        “I'm going to leave immediately and break up that team,” he said.

        Coles was referring to Ball State. The Cardinals lose Clemens and Mickey Hosier, but return freshman Theron Smith and sophomores Josh Murray and Lonnie Jones.

        “They're going to be something else in a couple of years,” he said.

        The MAC announced its all conference selections Tuesday. They are: Shaun Stonerook of Ohio, Anthony Stacey of Bowling Green, Tamar Slay of Marshall, T.J. Lux of Northern illinois and Greg Stempin of Toledo.

        Miami guard Anthony Taylor earned a second-team nod and Mestas was named honorable mention for the second straight season.

Return of RedHawk
        He couldn't take a shot or run a play, but former Miami guard Damon Frierson yelled, instructed, bit his nails and generally looked like he wished he could play again as he watched every game of Miami's MAC tournament run from the MU bench.

Mr. March
       Coles' record at Miami in March, entering Wednesday's final, was 11-4. That's the best of any Miami coach during Madness month. He was, however, 7-14 versus Ball State — his worst record against a MAC team.

Taking care
        Miami is ranked second in the country with an average of 11.2 turnovers a game. Temple, at 9.8, averages the fewest turnovers a game.

Mike Ensminger was named Academic All-District IV. Ensminger, carries a 3.80 GPA in the political science, is eligible for Academic All-America honors.

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