Men's basketball takes on Duquesne University

David West poised to score 2,000th career point and move onto elite scoring, rebounding list | February 26, 2003

Senior All-American David West could move into an elite place in University basketball history tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 26, when the No. 13 men’s basketball team travels to Duquesne University for a 9:00 p.m. tip-off. West enters the game with 1,975 career points, just 25 points shy of 2,000 for his career. Only two other players in University history have scored 2,000 career points—Tyrone Hill with 2,003 and Byron Larkin with 2,696. West could also surpass Hill for second place on the all-time scoring list, and he could join a select national group of players with 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. West already has 1,221 rebounds in his four seasons at the University. Only one other player in the last five years has reached that plateau, All-American Raef LaFrentz from the University of Kansas. Hill is the only Xavier player ever to reach that mark, finishing with a school-record 1,380 rebounds to go with his 2,003 points. West was listed at the top of the latest weekly John R. Wooden Award ratings. On Feb. 19, ESPN’s Dick Vitale listed West as one of the top three contenders for National Player of the Year honors. West has played a key role in the Musketeers' winning their last 11 straight games, which is the third-longest active win streak in the nation behind the University of Kentucky at 16 games and Weber State at 13 games. The school record is 15 straight wins under Pete Gillen in the 1987-88 season, a streak that was snapped by eventual national champion University of Kansas in the first round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament. Xavier is 20-4 overall this season and 11-1 Atlantic 10 Conference, while Duqusne is 9-17 overall and 3-10 conference. The Musketeers have won five straight over the Dukes and 12 of the last 14 meetings. Earlier this year, the team recorded a 93-58 victory over Duquesne, placing five players in double figures in scoring on its way to its most lopsided A-10 victory since a 104-67 win over La Salle in the 1997-98 season. Romain Sato led the scoring in that game with 18 points, while West had 16 points. West and Sato have won the A-10 player of the week honors for the last six weeks. The national alumni association and office of admission are hosting a pregame reception for alumni, prospective students and friends of the University from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Place. For more information, contact the hotel at 412 471-4000. Also in sports, the University’s men’s tennis team improved to 7-3 on the season by beating DePauw University 7-0 on Tuesday. The women’s golf team’s participation in the Bobcat Invitational in Texas was postponed because of rain, and the baseball team’s home opener on Friday, Feb. 28, has been postponed because of snow. The home games on March 1 and 2 were also postponed, as well as the road games at Indiana University, and the home games against Butler for March 4 and 5 respectively have been postponed.