XAVIER 74, COLORADO 61
Lumpkin, Posey make amends

Saturday, November 28, 1998

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Gary Lumpkin fights Colorado's Carlton Carter for a loose ball..
(AP photo)

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - In one 40-second span early in Friday's game, senior point guard Gary Lumpkin set the tone for Xavier.

XU was ahead 5-4.

Then Lumpkin hit a three-pointer. He forced a turnover in the backcourt, and XU converted it into a Lenny Brown three-pointer. Lumpkin stole the ball at midcourt and took it in for a dunk.

The Musketeers led by nine. Colorado called timeout. Lumpkin stood near midcourt and let out a yell.

''I was just trying to provide a spark, especially after playing so terrible (Thursday),'' Lumpkin said. ''I tried to come out and be aggressive and make smart plays. I pretty much got scolded yesterday for the way I played. Today I improved a little bit. I've still got a little ways to go as far as decision-making.''

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Lenny Brown dribbles the rock.
(AP photo)

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No. 13 Xavier went on to beat Colorado 74-61 in its second game at the Puerto Rico Shootout.

It plays the University of San Francisco at 2 p.m. today with a chance to come home 2-1 on this long road trip.

The Musketeers (4-1) led Friday by as many as 18 points in the first half but never were quite able to turn the game into a rout. Still, on the heels of Thursday's 18-point loss to Pittsburgh, it was a much-needed victory, no matter the style points.

''Last game we talked a good game but we didn't come out and play with the fire and emotion that we're used to playing with,'' Lumpkin said.

XU vs. SAN FRANCISCO
  • When:2 p.m. today
  • Where: American U. of Puerto Rico (2,500)
  • Records: XU 4-1, San Francisco 3-1
  • TV: None
  • Radio: WLW-AM (700)
  • BY THE NUMBERS
    4: The number of points Xavier held Colorado leading scorer Kenny Price Friday. Price had been averaging 16 points a game but was 1-for-11.
  • XU started strong and rolled to a 25-7 lead with 11:30 left in the first half.

    Colorado went five minutes without a field goal, and the Musketeers went more than five minutes without missing.

    If anything was disappointing it was that Xavier allowed Colorado to fight back to within 39-29 at halftime.

    Lumpkin ignited Xavier in the second half, too. In the opening minutes, he made two free throws, hit another three-pointer and forced a turnover by taking a charge. He finished with 15 points and made 3-of-8 three-point tries. He came into the game 1-of-18 from three-point range.

    ''It can't be 40 seconds, it's got to be 40 minutes,'' Prosser said of Lumpkin's spark. ''He's the point guard and he often sets the tone for the team. Obviously we'd like him to shoot better from three (-point territory). But his whole life demeanor can't be based on making threes because some days he's not going to make them.

    ''I thought he played well today.''

    XU senior James Posey, who was upset with himself after Thursday's loss to Pittsburgh, finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Colorado and had 15 points and five rebounds in 16 first-half minutes.

    ''I'm a competitor, of course I took it personally,'' he said of the Pitt game. ''I was trying to help my teammates out. They count on me, and my coaches count on me also. I just wanted to step up.'' Brown had 13 points and six assists for the Musketeers, and Lloyd Price added 10 points and five rebounds.

    Despite having so little time to prepare, the Musketeers did a great job helping stop Colorado guard Kenny Price.

    The team's leading scorer (16 ppg), he did not score until 5:12 remained in the game and hit his only field goal with 4:29 to play. Price finished with just four points on 1-of-11 shooting. The Buffaloes (4-2) shot 37.5 percent from the field and hit only 3-of-23 three-point attempts.

    The Xavier players met in Prosser's room for about two hours Thursday night, watching film, preparing for Colorado and talking about what they need to improve on.

    Prosser's message: Stick together through everything.

    ''They're trying to be cohesive but sometimes it's hard,'' he said.

    ''We don't have any first-round draft picks. We don't have any guys we can bring up from Triple A. There are a lot of tough games remaining in the season. This is the only team we have. Let's make it as good as we can make it.''

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      COLORADO (61)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Smith           17   1-1   6-6   0-2  0  2    8
    Renfroe         13   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  2    0
    Price           28  1-11   1-2   1-4  0  3    4
    Walls           22   2-6   3-4   1-2  2  4    7
    Jones           22   0-4   4-7   0-0  0  0    4
    Mohr            16   4-7   1-2   1-2  0  2    9
    Carter          23   1-3   4-6   2-8  1  5    6
    Winston         21   1-4   0-1   1-1  2  2    2
    Thomas          20   5-6   2-4   4-6  1  3   12
    Williams        18   3-6   1-4   0-0  1  1    9
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    TOTALS         200 18-48 22-36 10-26  7 24   61
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    Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals:
    3-23, .130 (Price 1-9, Walls 0-1, Jones 0-3, Mohr
    0-2, Carter 0-1, Winston 0-2, Thomas 0-1,
    Williams 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1
    (Carter). Turnovers: 26 (Carter 4, Price 4,
    Thomas 4, Winston 4, Jones 2, Mohr 2, Smith 2,
    Walls 2, Renfroe, Williams). Steals: 13 (Carter
    3, Mohr 2, Price 2, Jones, Renfroe, Thomas,
    Walls, Williams, Winston).
    
    
    XAVIER (74)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Posey           36  5-11 11-16  4-11  1  2   21
    Butler           7   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  3    0
    L Brown         31   5-9   1-1   2-3  6  5   13
    Lumpkin         35  4-10   4-4   0-3  3  2   15
    Price           33   4-7   2-4   2-5  1  4   10
    Walker          18   2-5   0-0   1-5  0  5    4
    Frey            20   2-3   1-2   0-1  0  1    5
    Mcafee          15   2-5   2-2   0-1  3  1    6
    A Brown          5   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  3    0
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    TOTALS         200 24-50 21-29  9-29 14 26   74
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    Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals:
    5-14, .357 (L Brown 2-4, Lumpkin 3-8, Price 0-1,
    Mcafee 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1
    (Butler). Turnovers: 20 (Lumpkin 5, A Brown 2, L
    Brown 2, Posey 2, Price 2, Walker 2, Butler,
    Mcafee). Steals: 10 (Posey 3, Price 3, L Brown 2,
    Lumpkin, Mcafee).
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    Colorado           29   32  -   61
    Xavier             39   35  -   74
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