Sunday, January 4, 1998
Miami loses Szczerbiak 4-6 weeks

The Cincinnati Enquirer

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Miami did not celebrate its 86-65 victory over Central Michigan on Saturay.

The RedHawks were too busy worrying about how they are going to get along for at least four weeks without Wally Szczerbiak, the nation's second leading scorer. Szczerbiak fractured his right (shooting) wrist and will miss four to six weeks.

Szczerbiak was undercut on a layup in the first half and landed hard, but he continued to play a total of 29 minutes.

Said Miami coach Charlie Coles: ''When Wally asked to come out of the game, you know it's serious.''

''It really tightened up at halftime,''Szczerbiak said.

Szczerbiak had X-rays Saturday night and the fracture was discovered. He'll miss between nine and 13 games. That could spell disaster for Miami (7-3) unless other players step up like they did Saturday.

Szczerbiak finished with eight points and Miami's other star, Damon Frierson, limited by foul trouble. had only 11. But freshman Jay Locklier and John Lackaff both scored a career-high 11 points, and Anthony Taylor led the RedHawks with 17.

''My teammates stepped up big-time,'' Szczerbiak said. ''With me and Damon out, we still played well and got a big win on the road.''

''When Wally went out, guys like John Lackaff and Shane Alexander came in and did the job,'' Locklier said.

Alexander, another freshman, played 15 minutes at point guard for Frierson. Alexander finished with four points, an assist and only one turnover.

Said Coles: ''That's the best we've played as a whole team all year. We got good contributions from a lot of people.''

Miami opened a 12-point lead in the first half and extended it to 18 at 58-40 five minutes in the second half.

CMU's strategy was to foul and shoot three-pointers. Neither worked.

The Chippewas (3-8, 1-2) sent Miami to the line 29 times in the second half, and MU made 25.

CMU was 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) for the game from three-point land.

Miami also dominated the boards, outrebouding CMU 41-27. Szczerbiak, Mike Ensminger, John Estick, Taylor and Refiloe Lethunya all had five rebounds.

MIAMI (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Szczerbiak 28 3-8 1-3 1-5 0 3 8 Ensminger 11 0-1 5-6 0-5 1 1 5 Estick 27 4-4 0-0 3-5 3 2 8 Taylor 37 5-12 6-10 2-5 3 4 17 Frierson 30 2-7 7-8 0-4 3 5 11 Alexander 15 1-2 2-4 0-2 1 1 4 Lackaff 9 4-4 1-2 0-1 0 2 11 Lethunya 20 3-5 3-7 2-4 0 1 9 Locklier 21 2-2 7-8 2-5 0 2 11 Allendorf 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Smith 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 25-46 32-48 10-36 13 21 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.543, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Szczerbiak 1-2, Ensminger 0-1, Taylor 1-2, Alexander 0-1, Lackaff 2-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Taylor, Frierson, Locklier). Turnovers: 13 (Taylor 4, Szczerbiak 3, Ensminger 2, Alexander, Frierson, Lethunya, Locklier). Steals: 3 (Frierson 2, Ensminger).

CENTRAL MICH (65) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Glover 32 5-12 2-4 2-3 1 4 13 Schell 32 2-8 1-2 3-6 2 4 5 Brown 29 5-10 0-0 1-5 0 4 12 Borovich 28 5-8 7-12 1-4 5 5 18 Kisner 28 2-6 3-3 0-0 1 5 8 Larson 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Baggett 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jansen 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bailey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Gilleyen 11 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Carter 19 3-10 0-0 1-3 2 4 7 Simmons 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 23-58 13-21 8-22 14 32 65 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Glover 1-5, Schell 0-3, Brown 2-5, Borovich 1-2, Kisner 1-3, Larson 0-2, Carter 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Glover, Schell, Brown, Borovich). Turnovers: 13 (Glover 4, Borovich 2, Gilleyen 2, Carter, Kisner, Larson, Schell, Simmons). Steals: 3 (Carter, Glover, Kisner). __________________________________ Miami 40 46 - 86 Central Mich 28 37 - 65 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 1,948. Officials: Tom Grzywinski, Dave Danhoff, Mike Secrest.

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Miami 85, Virginia Commonwealth 75 Dec. 7, 1997
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