Wednesday, December 3, 1997
Taylor joins Miami's party
Guard steps up scoring in rout

BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

OXFORD - IUPUI came in trying to find out if it was capable of competing in Division I.

It's not.

Miami University ran away from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 102-75 before a crowd of 2,128 Tuesday night at Millett Hall.

Miami came in trying to a find a consistent third scorer to complement Wally Szczerbiak and Damon Frierson.

It may have.

Anthony Taylor scored a career-high 22 points, added eight rebounds and hit 4-of-6 three-point attempts.

Taylor still wasn't as good as Frierson (27 points, seven assists, six rebounds) or Szczerbiak (26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists). The Big Two are expected to do that, but Taylor is starting to look like someone who can be counted on as well.

'' . . . if he continues to use his head,'' Miami coach Charlie Coles said. ''I said he could be the most or one of the most improved in the league.''

Taylor, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Medford, Mass., pushed his scoring average to 12.8 with his effort. It was his second straight career-high. He had 19 points against Wisconsin-Green Bay Saturday.

''I started out a little slow,'' Taylor said. ''But coach Coles talked to me. He told me to relax and play the way I'm capable of, and things would fall into place.''

For Miami to be successful this year, the RedHawks have to find a third scorer.

Taylor is the most likely candidate. He averaged 3.9 points and 9.5 minutes a game last year. Miami had Szczerbiak, Frierson, Devin Davis and Ira Newble - all double-figure scorers - so Taylor played a role.

This year, scoring is part of his role.

''He can score,'' Coles said. ''He's got a decent shot. When he getS his move going to the basket, he'll be something.''

Before Taylor began picking it up, Szczerbiak and Frierson were scoring more than 75 percent of Miami's points.

With three scorers, Miami could be difficult to deal with.

''We'll be hard to guard,'' Taylor said. ''With me, Wally and Damon, you're going to have to spread the floor. That opens it up for the big men.''

Miami pushed its home winning streak to 20 games, the sixth-longest current streak in the nation. The RedHawks have won 41 of 43 at home.

Notebook: Coles wants Williams back

   IUPUI m fg att ft att r a f to tp 
   Williams 17 0 5 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 
   Overstreet 34 7 12 3 6 7 1 4 5 17 
   Dickey 18 1 2 2 2 3 1 1 0 4 
   Reese 32 4 13 0 1 1 2 4 2 9 
   Knox 39 12 24 5 7 8 4 0 6 35 
   Brown 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 
   Gardner 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 
   David 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 
   Thomas 12 3 4 0 0 2 2 1 1 8 
   Withrspon 13 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 2 
   Price 22 0 0 0 0 4 1 2 1 0 
   Crick 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 
   - - - - - - - - - - 
   Totals 200 28 62 10 16 33 14 16 18 75 
   Team Rebounds- 5.
   
   Miami m fg att ft att r a f to tp
   Szczerbiak 37 10 18 3 4 12 6 1 1 26 
   Lethunya 25 3 6 3 4 5 0 4 1 9 
   Mestas 30 4 9 0 0 2 3 3 3 8 
   Taylor 30 8 15 2 4 8 2 2 1 22 
   Frierson 37 10 17 3 4 16 7 1 3 27 
   Alexander 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 
   Lackaff 7 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 
   Locklier 17 1 3 4 5 2 1 4 0 6 
   Allendorf 9 2 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 
   Ensminger 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 
   - - - - - - - - - - 
   Totals 200 38 72 15 21 42 22 17 9 102 
   Team Rebounds- 3.
   IUPUI 32 43- 75
   Miami 53 49-102 
Attendance-2,128 . 3-point goals-IUPUI 9-23 (Williams 0-2, Reese 1-5, Knox 6-13, Thomas 2-3); Miami 11-19 (Szczerbiak 3-5, Taylor 4-6, Frierson 4-7, Mestas 0-1).

Miami results

Miami 66, Wisconsin-Green Bay 46 Nov. 26, 1997
Miami 94, Dayton 86 Nov. 23, 1997
Tennessee 75, Miami 74 Nov. 18, 1997