Sunday, December 12, 1999

Xavier 94, Central Michigan 75


Career effort by Frey gets XU by Chips

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Xavier sophomore Kevin Frey made himself right at home Saturday at Central Michigan. Well, he was home, more or less.

        Born about 30 miles away in Midland, Mich., Frey returned to his roots and had the game of his college career in the Musketeers' 94-75 victory over the Chippewas.

        How about this for a stat line? A career-high 29 points (his previous best was 14), 11-of-15 shooting from the field, 7-of-7 from the foul line, nine rebounds.

        “That's the Kevin Frey we've been looking for for a long time,” Xavier coach Skip Prosser said. “He played extremely well. The challenge to Kevin now is to do that game in and game out.”

        Frey has been coming off the bench and averaging just 5.2 points and shooting 27.3 percent from the field.

        He started at power forward Saturday in place of Aaron Turner, who was suspended for one game for violating a team rule. Frey made the most of his opportunity.

        “I felt really comfortable out there,” Frey said. “The guys were helping me along with their enthusiasm and telling me to keep going. I was in a groove, so I just kept going. I owe it to my teammates who helped get the ball to me and set hard screens and stuff like that.

        “I just look at it as a chance to step up and help the team. My shot hasn't been falling. I hit a couple right off the bat and I started feeling good.”

        He ended it feeling even better. He scored 12 points in the last 3:33, including 10 in a row.

        Frey's mother, Thea, and sister Stacy were in the stands. Both are graduates of Central Michigan. Stacy received her diploma last spring on the same Rose Arena floor — with Kevin in the stands that day.

        Frey played a season-high 35 minutes; he came in averaging 20.8 minutes a game.

        “He would be on the floor more in the other games if he played that way,” Prosser said. “I'm hoping it's a sign of things to come.”

        Frey had plenty of help.

        Lloyd Price had career highs in points (22) and assists (six) and also grabbed eight rebounds. He took three charges, played inspired defense and connected on four 3-pointers (he had 10 all last season).

        Maurice McAfee scored 18 points, and Alvin Brown came off the bench to tie his career high with 13. The Musketeers (5-2) outrebounded CMU 40-19.

        After working hard on improving his jump shot in the offseason, Price came into Saturday just 3-of-14 from 3-point range. He hit more long-range and mid-range jumpers against the Chippewas than he had all season.

        “One of the things we've been telling him is, "Don't think about it; just shoot the basketball if you're open,'” assistant coach Jeff Battle said. “He's successful when he just catches and shoots early. (Making shots) changes his whole demeanor. ... He's just into the game more.”

        The Musketeers were ahead by just two points (54-52) when they went on a decisive 16-2 run that included a little bit of everything: 3-pointers by McAfee (2) and Price, a David West dunk in transition, 3-of-4 free throw shooting.

        With 10:11 remaining, it was 70-54 Xavier. The only question was whether the Musketeers would make sure CMU didn't get back into the game.

        With 8:13 to play and a 14-point lead, the five Musketeers on the court gathered together, and Price delivered this message: “The game is not over. They're good. They're at home. Keep making good decisions.”

        The Chippewas never got closer than 13.

        “That's what we have to do game in and game out — execute our offense and sit down and guard on defense,” XU senior Darnell Williams said.

        “We were just going at it,” Price said. “Our intensity level was raised.”

        Xavier needed a 13-2 run, including the last seven points, to close to the first half for a 43-39 lead at intermission.

Turner sits game under suspension
Shootout week starts today for fans


XAVIER (94)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Price           38  7-11   4-4   2-8  6  3   22
Frey            35 11-15   7-7   4-9  1  4   29
West            31   2-2   1-2   1-6  1  4    5
Mcafee          37  5-16   4-4   1-7  2  3   18
Williams        23   2-7   2-2   1-3  1  4    7
Mcintosh         2   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Brown           24   5-7   1-2   0-1  3  1   13
Butler          10   0-1   0-0   1-1  1  2    0
Team             0   0-0   0-0   5-5  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 32-60 19-21 15-40 15 21   94
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Percentages: FG-.533, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 11-26, .423 (Price 4-6, Frey 0-1, Mcafee 4-12, Williams 1-3, Brown 2-4). Team rebounds: 40. Blocked shots: 1 (Frey). Turnovers: 21 (Frey 4, Mcafee 4, West 4, Williams 3, Butler 2, Price 2, Brown). Steals: 4 (Mcafee 2, Price 2).

CENTRAL MICH (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Borovich 32 2-4 2-2 0-4 2 2 7 Schrotenboer 25 3-6 0-0 1-3 2 3 6 Schell 21 2-8 4-4 2-2 2 4 8 Kisner 34 4-6 7-8 1-2 3 3 18 D Webber 37 6-12 3-6 1-6 1 3 18 J Wallace 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 W Wallace 17 5-8 0-0 1-1 1 2 12 Bird 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Johnson 13 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 Pleiness 5 1-2 2-3 0-0 0 1 4 Team 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 24-51 18-23 6-19 14 20 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Borovich 1-2, Schrotenboer 0-3, Schell 0-2, Kisner 3-3, D Webber 3-7, J Wallace 0-2, W Wallace 2-3). Team rebounds: 19. Blocked shots: 1 (Schell). Turnovers: 19 (Borovich 4, D Webber 4, J Wallace 3, Kisner 3, W Wallace 3, Schell, Team). Steals: 7 (J Wallace 2, Kisner 2, D Webber, Johnson, Schell). __________________________________ Xavier 43 51 - 94 Central Mich 39 36 - 75 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 3,861. Officials: John Larocca, Tom Eades, John Larocca.



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