XU NOTEBOOK
Posey doesn't feel like all-star

Sunday, November 29, 1998

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - James Posey was almost off the court after Xavier's 82-69 loss to San Francisco on Saturday when he was called back to accept an all-star trophy.

He didn't look thrilled.

In the Xavier locker room, Posey handed the trophy to student manager Kevin Yeoman. "He just said, 'Do something with it,' " Yeoman said.

"I don't want it," Posey said later. "We lost. We're 1-2 (in Puerto Rico). We didn't win. I want to win. (Forget) the awards. It's a team game. I don't deserve anything."

In three games, Posey averaged 15 points but shot only 35.1 percent from the field. Against San Francisco, he was 4-of-17 with just nine points and eight turnovers.

Hide the press

Xavier's trademark has been its full-court pressure defense. That could change soon.

After losing badly twice in Puerto Rico, coach Skip Prosser said he will consider changing the press or eliminating it for now. Especially with Miami next on the schedule (7 p.m. Wednesday at Cincinnati Gardens).

"The press last year was very ineffective at Miami," Prosser said.

Miami ripped XU 80-72 last season in a game not as close as the score indicates. Prosser said the RedHawks were one of two teams to dominate Xavier (the other was Massachusetts).

"And what they do best is what really got us in trouble in Puerto Rico - their half-court defense," Prosser said. "Up at Miami, they guarded us infinitely better than we executed. And if our half-court offense doesn't improve, then we'll be in a tough situation again Wednesday night."

Positive note

If there was a bright spot Saturday, it was freshman Kevin Frey, who played 25 minutes and had 12 points and seven rebounds - both career highs. Frey was 3-of-5 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line and started the second half.

He may have gotten a lot of his time because Desmond Walker picked up four fouls in the first half and played only 10 minutes, but Frey took advantage.

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