Sunday, November 28, 1999
West suffers mild asthma attack
BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Freshman David West, Xavier's starting center, played only three minutes in the second half against Kansas because he had trouble catching his breath.
Athletic trainer David Fluker called it a mild exercise-induced asthma attack.
West was able to play against Washington late Saturday night in the Musketeers' third game at the Great Alaska Shootout. And he had a big one. West had 21 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.
Fluker said West would be using an over-the-counter inhaler to help him breathe better.
West finished with three rebounds and three points in 18 minutes against the Jayhawks.
Xavier's opponent Saturday night had to look a little familiar. It was the Washington Huskies who surprised the Musketeers and knocked them out in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
XU was the No.6 seed in the East Regional, and Washington was the 11th seed. The Huskies won 69-68 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Xavier's T.J. Johnson had his shot blocked under the basket in an attempt for the game-winner.
Deon Luton, who was one of Washington's leading scorers that day with 17 points, was in the starting lineup for the Huskies on Saturday in Alaska.
Michael Johnson and Chris Walcott, who also started Saturday against XU, made brief appearances in the NCAA game in which Darnell Williams and James Posey each scored 17 points for the Musketeers.
Williams has moved into 20th place on XU's all-time scoring list (1,193 points). He needs 82 points to match No.19 Jerry Helmers.
Xavier returns today from Anchorage after taking an early-morning flight and plays Saturday at home against East Tennessee State at 2 p.m.