Thursday, March 08, 2001

Xavier Notebook

Frey, Price key to title run

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PHILADELPHIA — Skip Prosser keeps waiting for consistency from Lloyd Price and Kevin Frey. It's now three years and counting.

        Xavier enters Atlantic 10 Tournament play off a game in which the third-year starters combined for six points. Prosser is understandably nervous, wondering what he'll get in the postseason.

        “I've said this since Oct.15: Maurice (McAfee), Kevin, Lloyd and Dave West have to play well for us to have success,” Prosser said. “For Kevin and Lloyd, you hope the Dayton game was a bit of an aberration, because they've been playing well up to that point.”

        Price had averaged 13.5 points the previous two games and Frey averaged 15.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in the three games before Dayton.

        “When it's my turn, yeah, I'll step up,” Frey said. “I've needed to all year and I've stepped up a couple times.”

        Said Price: “Our roles have been important all year. We just have to do what it takes to win.”

        PROSSER OBJECTS: Prosser is upset that his team, the No.2 seed, has a later game tonight than third-seeded Temple, which it might meet in the semifinals. He thinks the higher seed should have the benefit of more rest.

        “It seems illogical from a basketball standpoint,” he said.

        The quirk in the draw exists because of TV. ESPN2 wanted to put the higher seed — in this case, XU — on its late time slot tonight. The good news: XU is 5-0 this season on national TV.

        TEMPLE BUGABOO: The Owls again stand in XU's tourney path. They are the only team against which XU has a losing record (0-3) in A-10 tourney play, and the tourney is in their home city. XU is 6-1 against the rest of the league.

        But Temple's backup center, junior Ron Rollerson, is questionable for today's quarterfinal game with a severe foot sprain. Without Rollerson, Temple rarely substitutes.

        “We have to get Ron back,” Temple coach John Chaney said. “Kevin Lyde can't do all the rebounding by himself.”

        QUOTE OF THE DAY: Fordham coach Bob Hill, on his team's season-ending 1-11 stretch: “We haven't been able to score since Lincoln died.”

        STAT OF THE DAY: Fordham has lost its last 21 games in Philadelphia, including its 86-67 loss Wednesday to LaSalle. "I don't want to see this city again until the schedule says I have to,” Hill said.

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