Sunday, February 10, 2002

Late calls rankle Musketeers' West

Bonnies roll after center fouls out

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        OLEAN, N.Y. — David West paced the hallway. He walked back in the locker room. He walked out into the cold, wearing only his game uniform, then back inside. Then out again.

        There was no cooling this bitter burn. Xavier's star center was still seething, eyes welling with tears, a half-hour after Saturday night's 80-79 loss at St.Bonaventure.

        “There's no way those were fouls,” he said of his fourth and fifth fouls, which came in a 24-second span. “Maybe one was, but no way both were.

        “They were flopping (to draw fouls) all night. They couldn't guard me, so they kept flopping.”

        Two of West's fouls were on the offensive end.

        With 4:24 left and Xavier leading 70-64, he was whistled for his fourth on what appeared to be a clean block of J.R. Bremer's shot.

        On the next trip downcourt, West spun with the ball and bumped into Mike Gansey and was called for a charging foul.

        Nine of XU's 20 turnovers came on offensive fouls, including seven in the first half.

        After West exited, the Bonnies dominated inside in a 14-3 run that won them the game. They had three offensive rebounds in that rally.

        “Those offensive rebounds might not have happened if West was still in the game,” Bonnies coach Jan van Breda Kolff said.

        Said Xavier coach Thad Matta: “I'll have to look at the tape (to see if West really fouled). His leaving really hurt our rebounding. That's what won them the game, those putbacks.”

        West totaled 17 points and 14 rebounds. Ten of his rebounds came in the second half.


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