BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Kevin Frey was not pleased with his no-point, five-rebound effort against St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.
"I kind of played soft, not the kind of basketball I know I can play," the Xavier freshman said. "I was really disappointed about that. I thought about the importance of this game, and I wanted to show I could play and play in a physical game as well."
In XU's 81-61 victory over George Washington on Sunday, Frey collected his first double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also finished 10-of-11 from the foul line. "I knew that I was in the game a lot, so I knew I must be doing something well," Frey said.
He played 33 minutes, and as the game went on Frey seemed to jump higher, grab the ball harder and come down stronger. He was a big reason XU won the rebounding battle 36-35.
"He got some tough rebounds. He rebounded the basketball in traffic," coach Skip Prosser said. "When we recruited him, the one characteristic we felt was evident was that he was a tough kid, and we feel that we need that kind of kid to win in this league. His toughness was evidenced this afternoon."
Turner Take II
In his second college game, freshman Aaron Turner had six points and six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. He finished just 1-of-5 from the field, missing a few times from close range in traffic. But his presence again gave Xavier some toughness inside.
Before the game, Prosser told his players to think about one person who has "been there" for them their whole careers and play the game for that person.
"I kind of reversed it around," senior Gary Lumpkin said. "I played it for the person that said I would have to choose whether to go to a Division I school and sit the bench for four years or go to a D-II school and be a starter."
Lumpkin finished with 18 points, five assists and no turnovers.
Short day for King
GW shooting guard Mike King went to the bench with his third personal foul with 9:09 left in the first half. To that point, he had scored eight of GW's 13 points. King finished with a team-high 17 points but was limited to 23 minutes before he fouled out with 1:49 left.
Xavier plays at Fordham in New York on Wednesday night (7 p.m.). The Musketeers have won eight straight, their longest winning streak since they started the 1996-97 season 10-0. They have a good chance to match that. The Rams are 6-8, 0-5 A-10, then XU plays host to Virginia Tech (5-9, 0-5) on Saturday.
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