BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Freshman Lloyd Price started the first nine games of his Xavier career -- the first Musketeer to do so since Brian Grant started his first 17 games as a freshman in 1990.
Price's streak ended Saturday night when he came off the bench in Xavier's 88-58 victory over Canisius.
Coach Skip Prosser started 6-foot-10 Obi Harris at center, moved freshman Kevin Frey to power forward and senior James Posey to small forward. "All in all it was positive," Prosser said of the change.
Price, who had been starting at small forward, is XU's No. 3 scorer (11.3) and No. 3 rebounder (4.7). He finished with eight points and three rebounds in 18 minutes; he came in averaging 32.3 minutes. Prosser said he talked to Price earlier in the week about the lineup change.
Lumpkin drills for shot
Xavier point guard Gary Lumpkin started a new drill this week to help his shooting. The goal is to make 100 three-point baskets in less than 10 minutes with one ball and one rebounder.
Assistant coach Jeff Battle came up with the drill, and told Lumpkin that good shooters come in under 10 minutes and great shooters in less than eight minutes.
"I saw it in Sports Illustrated," Battle said. "It was a story about Valparaiso, and I guess (former Valpo guard) Bryce Drew would do it. I thought it would be good for Gary."
In Lumpkin's first attempt, he hit 100 in 10 minutes, 58 seconds. After practice Friday, he made it in 8:56. Prosser said Lumpkin made 22 in a row.
On Saturday night, Lumpkin missed all five of his three-point tries and is shooting 16 percent from long-range for the season. "I'm going to tell him to keep shooting it," Prosser said.
Xavier plays host to Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. Monday at the Gardens. The Lions are 2-4 after losing 89-55 to Utah Saturday night. It will be Xavier's second straight game against a fellow Jesuit institution, of which there are only 28 in the country.
XAVIER 88, CANISIUS 58
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