Friday, December 17, 1999

Xavier may need more ram vs. UC

McIntosh may play big role off bench

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout may be tough for Xavier to win without help from its bench.

        No. 1-ranked Cincinnati is quick and strong and brings in some talented subs (see Satterfield, Kenny, and Fletcher, Ryan). The Musketeers want to run, because, well, that's what they do. The raw emotion and natural adrenaline from the rivalry — not to mention the sometimes frenetic pace of the game — also takes its toll on players.

        That's why XU coach Skip Prosser might need a guy such as Brandon McIntosh.

        The Roger Bacon graduate played a total of two minutes last week, all against Central Michigan. He never got in the game against Miami, the only time he has sat out all season.

        “I've gone into every game saying, "Hey, we've got to get Brandon some more minutes; he deserves some more minutes,' and we'll go into this game with the same thoughts,” Prosser said.

        Last season, Prosser used eight players against the Bearcats — all were on the court for at least 10 minutes. That included Obi Harris (no points, two rebounds) and Maurice McAfee (five points, no assists, two turnovers). The bulk of the playing time went to the top six players.

        Xavier will need more production — not just minutes — from top reserves Aaron Turner, Alvin Brown and McIntosh.

        “Just like Alvin's gotten a chance to really show what he could do and Kevin Frey had a big night the other night (29 points at Central Michigan), I think it's going to happen for Brandon, too,” Prosser said.

        In a twist of fate, this year it will be McIntosh dressed for the Shootout while his high school teammate and friend, Eugene Land (they are the top scorers in Roger Bacon history), sits out for the Bearcats, likely to redshirt this season.

        McIntosh attended XU last year and sat in the stands at the Shootout. Land dressed for UC but did not play against the Musketeers.

        Now Land is working to get back in good standing at UC. He was arrested for shoplifting in August and had been suspended from the basketball team.

        “I've talked to him a couple times,” McIntosh said. “We don't really talk about basketball, we just talk in general. We make sure each other's all right, and I make sure I tell him I love him and I'm here for him.”

        McIntosh averaged 3.6 points over XU's first five games. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and has 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 42 minutes.

        He admits that not playing for a year hurt him more than he anticipated.

        “I thought I could just come right in and pick up were I left off, but that wasn't the case,” McIntosh said. “... Just the whole mental aspect of the game and going at it hard every time. I think I kind of lost that, but I'm playing harder at practice and starting to get it back.”

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