Posey adjusts to starting

Sunday, November 22, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

James Posey is still getting used to his starting role.

The Xavier senior, who came off the bench in 54 of 59 games during his first two seasons, did not attempt a shot Saturday until more than seven minutes into the game. Tuesday at Butler, he had one field-goal attempt in the first 12 minutes.

"This is my first crack at starting, so I've got to get the feeling of the game first before I start shooting the ball," Posey said. "I just try to get rebounds and little layups and things like that to get me going. I'm just going with the flow of the game."

Posey finished with team-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's 90-50 victory over Chicago State. He is averaging 18 points and 12 boards.

Coach Skip Prosser has noticed Posey passing up shots in both XU games.

"When I asked him about it, he said, 'Coach, I'm trying to run the offense,' which is a good thing," Prosser said.

Obi upodate,p> Junior center Obi Harris, recovering from a broken finger, did not play Saturday. Prosser wanted to get Harris some minutes, but said he didn't think in such a lopsided game it was worth risking a setback. Harris will practice today.

Notable numbers

Prosser collected his 100th career coaching victory . . . Coming off his career-high 20-point game, sophomore Maurice McAfee had nine points, four assists and no turnovers. But he missed all four of his three-point attempts . . . In two games, XU is 14-of-52 from three-point range (26.9 percent) . . . Gary Lumpkin is 0-of-10.


Derek Strong, who was inducted into XU's Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, did not show.

XU officials said Strong, who missed the banquet and Saturday's game for "personal reasons," is the first living Hall of Famer not to be present when inducted.

The 1998 Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship banner was unveiled before the game.