BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
TOLEDO - Xavier coach Skip Prosser was on his way to do his postgame radio show Wednesday night when he did an about-face and returned to the locker room for a few more words with his Musketeers.
In the wake of their 74-67 loss at Toledo, Prosser talked to his players about having pride - among other things.
"When guys put on a Xavier jersey, it should mean something to them," senior Gary Lumpkin said. "Three years ago we won all the time. He wants us to still have that type of hunger."
Asked whether the team did, Lumpkin thought for several seconds, then said softly: "I don't know. At times we do, and at times we don't." Prosser was asked the same thing a while later. He, too, paused at length.
"I'd rather not say," he said.
Prosser unknowingly got some presidential treatment at the Clarion Hotel-Westgate, where the Musketeers spent Tuesday night.
Prosser stayed in the Atrium Suite and slept in the same bed as President Clinton when he stayed at the hotel in August 1996 while campaigning for re-election.
"I wasn't aware of that," Prosser said before Wednesday night's game. "I don't sleep much the night before games anyway, so I didn't get the full benefit of it . . . It's very nice. It's huge. We could have a walkthrough right there."
The 1,200-square foot room goes for $275 a night. It has a wet bar and whirlpool.
Prosser got an upgrade because the room was available.
Elder High School graduate Chad Kamstra, a junior guard for Toledo, was named the Gatorade Scholar Athlete of the Week by the Mid-American Conference for the week of Dec. 1. In addition to his combined 24 points in games that week against Oakland and George Mason, he carries a 3.78 GPA as a business major.
He was shut out in 19 minutes Wednesday.
The Musketeers have some time off with final exams coming next week. They play host to Canisius on Dec. 19 at the Gardens. Canisius was ranked No. 253 in Monday's Sagarin Ratings.
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