Sunday, December 12, 1999

Turner sits game under suspension




BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Sophomore forward Aaron Turner, who started Xavier's first six games, did not make the trip to Central Michigan and missed Saturday's game because of a one-game suspension for violating an undisclosed team rule. Coach Skip Prosser would not comment.

        Turner is expected back for the UC game Saturday.

        The 6-foot-7 sophomore missed practices Friday in Cincinnati and at CMU because of academic reasons. He was going to fly into Michigan on Saturday morning, but the coaching staff decided against it.

Homegrown
        Prosser always gets nervous when his players are competing in or near their hometowns.

        Two Musketeers were born in the Central Michigan area. Maurice McAfee is from Saginaw, about 45 miles away. Kevin Frey was born in Midland, about 30 miles away. Both had family and friends in the stands.

        “My experience is it's never neutral,” Prosser said. “They either play very, very well, or they play poorly. Thank goodness for us; we don't win if they don't both play well.”

        Frey and McAfee combined for 47 points — half of XU's output — and 16 rebounds.

Can we talk?
        XU senior Darnell Williams had another tough day (seven points on 2-of-7 shooting) and is now averaging 9.2 points over the last five games, while shooting 28.9 percent from the field (15-of-52) and 24 percent from 3-point range (6-of-25) during that stretch.

        When asked about Lloyd Price's performance Saturday (22 points on 7-of-11 shooting), Williams said: “I need to talk to him. Hopefully he can help me with my shot. Me and Lloyd are going to have a long talk.”

Tough crowd
        The Rose (Arena) Rowdies, about 400 students donning yellow T-shirts, were in the bleachers behind one basket and quite close to the court, trying their best to make the afternoon miserable for the Musketeers.

        They ended up picking on the wrong two guys.

        Frey — “small Frey” to the Rowdies — scored a game-high 29 points. Price — called “half Price” and “Priceless” — added 22. The two combined for 17 rebounds.

Up next
        It's called the Crosstown Shootout. Xavier plays host to No.1-ranked Cincinnati on Saturday at the Cincinnati Gardens.

       



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