Pneumonia can't keep Prosser away

Thursday, November 5, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

About an hour before tipoff Wednesday night, Skip Prosser came walking into the Cincinnati Gardens for the first time this season.

The Xavier coach, hospitalized Sunday with pneumonia, left University Hospital about 2 p.m. Wednesday and got to the arena in time for the Musketeers' first exhibition game an 88-62 victory over BC Danone Honved of Hungary.

Prosser - who said he was feeling "less than spectacular" - waited all of 18 seconds into the game before jumping off the bench to question the officials about a call they didn't make. He became slightly more active as the game went on.

"As long as I mind my Ps and Qs, I can stay out of the hospital," Prosser said afterward. "I had to convince the doctors I could play within myself. I thought I was more analytical and less vocal than I normally am. I thought I was very docile."

Prosser, who turned 48 Tuesday, missed three consecutive days of practice leading up the game. He will not travel to the Atlantic 10 Conference media day today in Philadelphia and hopes to be back for Friday's practice. Assistant coach Jeff Battle will take Prosser's place in Philly.

Meanwhile, Prosser will get some good care at home. Nancy Prosser, his wife, is an air care nurse.

Prosser said chicken soup and T.L.C. should help him recover.

"Having the best nurse in Cincinnati is a big help," he said.

SIDELINED: Senior guard Lenny Brown strained the bottom of his left foot early in the first half. He left just 4:14 into the game and spent the rest of the game on the bench. Brown left the locker room limping, but wearing shoes.

"All of a sudden he just stopped and it popped on him," athletic trainer David Fluker said. Brown is day-to-day.

HELP? With junior center Obi Harris sidelined with a broken bone in his right index finger, 6-foot-10 sophomore Reggie Butler started at center and 6-8 junior Desmond Walker was the backup at that position.

Butler had three points and five rebounds in 23 minutes. Walker, who also played power forward, finished with eight points, 10 rebounds but four turnovers. They were a combined 5-of-15 from the field.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: The new Xavier radio team of Joe Sunderman, Byron Larkin and Steve Wolf broadcast Wednesday night's game, but no fans could hear it. The trio made a demo tape so they could listen and evaluate themselves before going on live. They will do another demo for the second exhibition game.

UP NEXT: XU plays host to Athletes in Action at 7<\q>p.m. next Wednesday. The regular-season opener is Nov. 17 at Butler.

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