Miami Falls to Xavier, 68-54

Updated 11/18/2000
Xavier's David West shoots over Miami defenders Jason Grunkemeyer, right, and Mike Ensminger.
AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

CINCINNATI (AP) (Nov. 18, 2000) -- Center David West scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds and guard Romain Sato added 13 points to lead Xavier to a 68-54 victory over Miami University in the Musketeers' first game in their new arena Saturday.

Forward Kevin Frey added 12 for Xavier.

Xavier (1-0) played its first official game in the new Cintas Center before a crowd of 10,250.

Miami (0-1) now has lost its last two season-openers after winning seven of its previous eight. The Xavier victory evens the series between the two rivals at 44-44.

Xavier's Kevin Frey and Miami's guard Doug Davis fight for a loose ball in the first half in Cincinnati.
(AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

Rich Allendorf scored 14 points to lead the RedHawks. Julius Johnson added 12 and Doug Davis scored 10 in his first game after transferring from Michigan State.

Sato, a freshman from the Central African Republic playing in his first collegiate game, led all scorers in the first half with 13 points as the Musketeers opened up a 38-21 halftime lead. His 3-pointer with just less than 13 minutes left in the first half cut Miami's six-point lead, its largest of the game, in half and sparked a 12-4 run that gave Xavier the lead for good.

Sato scored 10 of his first-half points and West made nine in the last 13 minutes of the half. Xavier's harassing man-to-man defense forced the RedHawks into 12 first-half turnovers, nine during the decisive last 12 minutes in which the Musketeers took charge.

The Musketeer defense also forced the RedHawks into a .424 shooting percentage, including 2-of-16 from 3-point range.