Monday, March 18, 2002

Sato makes big impression

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DALLAS — Romain Sato's 28 points were the third-most ever by a Musketeer in NCAA Tournament history.

Romain Sato was on target.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        Tyrone Hill scored 29 against Kansas State in 1990 and Byron Larkin scored 29 against Missouri in 1987.

        “Sato hit some hellacious 3-(pointers),” Oklahoma coach kelvin Sampson said. “That kid can really shoot.”

        Sato made five 3s and drew defenders away from David West, resulting in a strong second half for West.

        “Romain did a very good job of playing off of (West) and having a tremendous night; he put on a clinic out there,” Xavier coach Thad Matta said.

        FREY RECORD: Kevin Frey finished his XU career Sunday with 130 games played, a school record. The previous mark of 126 was shared by Tyrone Hill (1986-90) and Maurice McAfee (1997-2001).

        Frey made his only shot Sunday to finish with 1,102 points. That ranks 28th on the school's scoring list.

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