Sunday, November 21, 1999

XAVIER NOTEBOOK


Frey takes over sixth-man role

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Xavier coach Skip Prosser said he decided to start David West at center for two reasons:

        • The 6-foot-8 freshman has played well in games and practices.

        • Sophomore Kevin Frey gives the Musketeers some offense off the bench.

        “Kevin's an experienced player, a good free throw shooter, he scraps the boards,” Prosser said. “We just felt it would be better for the team to do it that way. We're going to try it for a while and see how it works out.”

        It worked nicely in Saturday's 44-point victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.

        West had nine points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and zero turnovers in 21 minutes.

        Frey had seven points, three rebounds and three blocks in 17 minutes as a sub. He started the last 30 games last season.

        “I talked to (Kevin) this week and told him what we were doing and why we were doing it,” Prosser said. “His response was, "Coach, I trust you.'”

        West said he was not nervous at tipoff, and that his goal was to just have fun and help the team. He had two blocked shots in the game's first minute.

        “I'm really not a big fan of stats,” West said. “I feel good about the way I played; I feel good about the way the team played.

        “I really don't care who starts. I'm happy as long as we're winning, because I hate to lose.”

Beast
        Aaron Turner bruised his left shoulder in the first half, but said he sat out most of the second half because “we were killing them.” Turner finished with eight points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Homecoming
        Three former Musketeers were honored at halftime Saturday after being inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night: Ralph Lee, XU's all-time assist leader; Brian Grant, the Portland Trail Blazers star who ranks seventh in scoring and third in rebounding; and Carol Madsen-Miller, who is No.2 on the women's basketball scoring and assist charts. Grant was unable to attend because of the NBA season. His mother, Dorella Grant, was at the banquet and Saturday's game in Brian's place.

Up next
        Xavier faces Louisville in a first-round game at the Great Alaska Shootout at 9:30 p.m. (ET) Thursday.

        The Cardinals (0-1) blew a 20-point lead and lost their opener 79-74 at Virginia Commonwealth on Friday night.

       



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