CINCINNATI -- Center Kenny Frease scored 12 points in his collegiate debut Friday night, and Xavier turned its flock of freshmen loose in a 71-43 victory over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne.
A few minutes into the game, Xavier had three freshmen on the floor, including the 7-foot Frease. It was a preview of what's ahead for the Musketeers (1-0), who have five true freshmen on the roster and eight players who had never before appeared in a Xavier game.
They had a good first showing, helping Xavier dominate from the outset. C.J. Anderson, one of five regulars from the Musketeers' 30-win team last season, scored a team-high 15 points.
IPFW (0-1) fell behind 37-14 in the first half, when Frease had seven points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks. It was the fewest points Xavier allowed in an opening half since Marietta also was limited to 14 in a 97-49 victory on Nov. 29, 1993.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.
Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Badgers for his senior season.