Sunday, April 5, 2009

Frasor boosts Heels on boards

DETROIT - Before Saturday's game, coach Roy Williams showed North Carolina tape of an incredible, diving hustle play on a loose ball made by Villanova forward Dwayne Anderson against UCLA.

Williams told the Tar Heels that they needed to make those kind of plays to win in the Final Four. The unlikely source of some of those plays in an 83-69 NCAA semifinal defeat of Villanova on Saturday night was senior guard Bobby Frasor.

Frasor tied his career high with seven rebounds, chasing down several loose balls after missed North Carolina shots. Frasor is not the fastest player on the team after having knee surgery last season, but his work ethic was strong.

"Bobby Frasor has struggled all year long with his shot," Williams said. "Sophomore year he had a stress fracture. Junior year, had an ACL (tear). I think he showed some sense of urgency and effort on that. We talked about it last night a great deal about, we can't allow somebody to out-compete us on this stage."

Frasor, who played 19 minutes off the bench and didn't score, said he will do anything it takes to make an impact.

"If you see a shot and it is going to be long you have to track it down," he said. "I did that a couple times tonight." - Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

I've been really hard on Frasor at various parts of the season, but his all-out efforts on the board/hustling needs to be THE inspriration and motivation for ALL of the UNC big men to be tough, aggressive and active on the boards; if Villanova showed them up rebounding, MSU can do the same - or would think Tyler would set the example, but maybe replaying Bobby's give-it-all-you-got hustle might mean something to UNC's big men (even Wayne Ellington pulled some great rebounds...)