Thrusday, January 14, 1999
Turner debuts to big ovation
BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The student section was chanting his name. Most of the sparse crowd stood when he was announced as a substitute.
Freshman Aaron Turner, eligible to play for the first time Wednesday night, made his Xavier debut with 13:49 left against St. Bonaventure.
My heart was racing, Turner said. But the crowd calmed me down, and the players told me to just play, so I did it.
The 6-foot-7 power forward grabbed his first rebound and threw a long pass to Lloyd Price for an assist at the 13-minute mark. After 2:48 on the court, Turner had two rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and he had taken a charge.
Turner finished with two points on 1-of-2 shooting and four rebounds in 10 minutes and ignited the Gardens with his play.
It was important to give him a chance, said coach Skip Prosser, who didn't expect to use Turner that much. He's not going to become a better player sitting on the bench.
After 31/2 minutes Wednesday night, XU junior center Obi Harris had four points and three rebounds. In the previous three games, he totaled no points and five rebounds.
Harris finished with six points and five boards in his most productive outing the Dec. 28 game at St. Mary's.
Desmond Walker, the junior forward who left the Musketeers on Dec. 20, has enrolled at the University of West Georgia and was expected to be practicing with his new team Wednesday, sports information director Mitch Gray said.
West Georgia is 13-2 and ranked 23rd in the Division II coaches' poll. Walker can practice but not play for the rest of this season, then have one full year of eligibility.
Walker announced he was transferring after playing in 10 games for Xavier. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Xavier plays host to West Division rival George Washington at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gardens. The Colonials (8-4, 2-0 A-10) play host to Dayton (7-6, 2-1) tonight.
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