BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Kevin Frey was the bright spot for Xavier in Saturday night's 71-57 loss to Purdue.
In his second start, the 6-foot-8 freshman scored a career-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, had five rebounds and -- perhaps most important -- no turnovers. He also hit a big three-pointer to pull Xavier within three with 4:02 remaining.
"I was still trying to hit the boards," he said. "They did a really good job boxing out, putting a body on me. But they weren't really respecting me offensively, so I thought I could step up and help the team that way."
Frey was coming off a career-high 14 rebounds against Miami. Only two other freshmen in Xavier history (Brian Grant 16 and Tyrone Hill 14) equaled or bettered Frey's total.
Obi Harris, a 6-10 junior center, made his first appearance in a Xavier uniform with 7:59 left in the first half. At the 7:03 mark, he had his first blocked shot. Harris, out since Nov. 1 with a broken finger, played just five minutes and had one point and two rebounds.
Changing of guard
The Xavier coaching staff will once again consider whether starting sophomore Maurice McAfee at point guard
will help the Musketeers. Coach Skip Prosser admits the change is a possibility.
Four-year starter Gary Lumpkin has been inconsistent, struggled with his shooting and had 11 turnovers Saturday night.
Prosser admits he couldn't have imagined such a game from Lumpkin, "but I don't want to put (the loss) on him."
McAfee was only 1-of-5 shooting, and he turned the ball over just once in 10 minutes.
plays at Toledo on Wednesday (7 p.m., Channel 9). The Musketeers beat the Rockets 95-76 in last year's season opener at the Gardens.
PURDUE 71, XAVIER 57
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