Price's goals difficult to live up to

Monday, November 23, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Freshman Lloyd Price.
(Craig Ruttle photo)

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In the aftermath of Saturday's 40-point victory over Chicago State, Lloyd Price sat in the Xavier locker room looking as if it had been a 40-point loss.

While teammates around him visited with former players and talked of their dinner plans, the 6-foot-5 freshman was quiet and stone-faced.

"I was disappointed in myself," Price said Sunday. "I really don't know why. I didn't think I played well at all."

The statistics tell a different story.

Price gets his third start tonight against Morgan State (7 p.m., Gardens). In his first two college games, he has averaged 10 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals, two assists, two turnovers and a blocked shot.

His on-the-ball defense has been pretty good, and he has shown the potential to be a standout defensive player.

  • When: 7 p.m. today
  • Where: Cincinnati Gardens (10,100)
  • Records: Morgan State 1-3, Xavier 2-0
  • TV: None
  • Radio: WLW-AM (700)
  • Tickets: $13, $9
  • .335: Morgan State's team field-goal percentage
  • 13: Three-point attempts by XU senior Lenny Brown on Saturday
  • 10: The most Brown attempted in any game last season
  • Here's the thing: Price expects to have "the perfect game every game." To him, that means double-digit scoring, rebounding, steals and assists.

    That makes it tough to be satisfied.

    "You need something to push you when you're out there," Price said. "Besides loving the game, you want something to challenge you."

    "He has very high standards for his own play, and he's often disappointed when he doesn't feel he's lived up to those standards," coach Skip Prosser said.

    Price broke into the starting lineup as the small forward, with James Posey moving to power forward.

    Price is disappointed that he has missed four free throws and hit just one of six tries from three-point range. A few times he has had the ball under the basket and not been able to finish plays. The frustration shows instantly.

    "I feel as though I'm not at ease yet," Price said. "I've got to settle down a little bit more. I get real fidgety with the ball, as you see, but I'm starting to play well now, starting to do my thing.

    "I've just got to keep playing aggressive throughout the whole game. Sometimes I find myself letting up like on defense . . . and my defense sets my offense up."

    Another Musketeer vowing to maintain an aggressive attitude is Lumpkin.

    The 6-2 senior, a 41-percent career shooter, is 4-of-17 from the field (23.5 percent) and 0-of-10 from three-point range after two games.

    "Just let me say this: If I go 0-for-50, you can best believe No. 51 is going up," Lumpkin said. "That's all I've got to say. It's just a matter of confidence.

    "I don't worry about it because I know eventually I'm going to start shooting better, and it's not going to be like the 15th game of the season. It's going to happen soon, like the next two games." Lumpkin has company.

    Senior Lenny Brown is 10-of-26 (38.5 percent). The team is shooting 43.6 percent from the field and just 26.9 percent from three-point range. Take away Brown, who is 7-of-17 on threes, and XU is 7-of-35 (20 percent) from long range.

    Lumpkin admits that a few years ago, a shooting slump might have affected him more. However, as a senior, he said he knows his shot is going to fall eventually. Just 12 days ago, he was 6-of-7 from three-point range in an exhibition game against Athletes in Action.

    "Right now, my mind-set is that my next one's going to go in," Lumpkin said.