Thursday, January 7, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


Brown is emerging as a team leader

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BLACKSBURG, Va. — After the game, Xavier senior Lenny Brown apologized to his teammates for his play in the first half of Wednesday night's 80-67 victory over Virginia Tech.

        Brown felt he was trying to do too much off the dribble and not sharing the ball enough.

        “I take full responsibility for that,” he said. “I should've recognized that.”

        The 6-foot-2 guard corrected that in the second half when he scored 18 of his game-high 24 points. Brown was 7-of-10 from the field and hit all four of his three-pointers after intermission.

        “He's a bright kid,” coach Skip Prosser said. “He knows.

        “He is, in many ways, the leader of this team. It's not a mantle he seeks or even feels comfortable in many ways; it's not his personality. But it's something that's thrust upon him, and he is cognizant he has it.”

Big game
       

        Freshman Kevin Frey came through with 12 points — tying his second-best output — and eight rebounds against the Hokies.

        He had eight points in the first half, including XU's only two three-pointers. All four of his field goals came on jump shots.

        “I knew I could shoot it, and no one really respected me,” he said. “The only thing about that is I got caught up a little bit in it and forgot a little about the inside.

        “I still have a long ways to go to be a complete player, not an outside player one game and an inside player the next game.”

Fan club
        Virginia Tech's Rolan Roberts, the team's No. 2 scorer, was in foul trouble early and sat out the final 12 minutes of the first half. He finished with 10 points, two rebounds and four blocks.

        “I'll tell you what, I love him,” Prosser said. “He's a warrior. He's talented, he's a team player. I think he is a rising star in this league.”

        Brendan Dunlop and Eddie Lucas led the Hokies with 17 points each.

       



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