Men's basketball begins critical stretch on Wednesday

Pregame party being held at the Hilton in Philadelphia for alumni, students, friends of Xavier | February 18, 2003

The No. 14 men’s basketball team begins a three-game road trip starting Wednesday, Feb. 19, against La Salle University. It then travels to the University of Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 22, and then to Duquesne University on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The swing is a critical test for the team, which is 9-1 in the conference and sits in second place in the A-10’s western division behind 10-1 Dayton. The team, which is 18-4 overall this season, goes into the stretch with a nine-game winning streak. The first test, though, remains the La Salle Explorers, who are 10-11 overall and 4-6 in the conference this season. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Xavier has won six straight over the Explorers, including this season’s first meeting, 80-47, in January. Senior All-American David West had a double-double in the first half, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds by halftime. He finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds. West is averaging 20.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game this year, and continues garnering national awards. This week, he was named one of the finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which is presented to the outstanding male and female senior NCAA Division I basketball players. In addition to the basketball game, the national alumni association is hosting a pregame party before the game for alumni, parents, prospective students, high school guidance counselors and friends of the University. The party includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and raffle for prizes. It’s being held at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Ave., from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 pm. This is the third party the University has hosted in association with men’s basketball games, along with events in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Other events are planned for Pittsburgh and Dayton. The Xavier magazine web site has a photo slideshow of the party at Madison Square Garden in New York.