Monday, January 04, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


Muskies take turns on Odom

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Gary Lumpkin shoots between Antonio Reynolds-Dean and Luther Clay.
(AP photo)

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        Rhode Island's Lamar Odom got acquainted with several Musketeers in Xavier's 87-83 victory Sunday.

        James Posey, Lloyd Price and Lenny Brown all spent time guarding the 6-foot-10 sensation, who finished with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

        Odom, who came in averaging 15.5 ppg, was only 2-of-7 shooting in the second half, and he finished with no three-pointers and four turnovers.

        “Whoever was guarding him did a great job pressuring him when he had the ball,” the 6-8 Posey said. “He didn't run off too many screens. He tried to post up, but he didn't get too many post feeds.”

        “I tried to talk to him, tried to get into his head,” the 6-5 Price said. “It worked a little bit. We got in a verbal thing. It was all fun.”

        Odom, already a four-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, had just one field goal in the last eight minutes, and missed a layup with three seconds to play.

Show and tell
        Coach Skip Prosser planted Xavier's Atlantic 10 Conference championship trophies in the middle of the team's locker room at the Gardens during the week.

        “He said that's what we're fighting for,” Posey said, “and they're not going to leave here. Everybody just took a look at it.”

        Said Lenny Brown: “He's trying to do everything he can to motivate us. We already have those; I'm looking for the next one.”

Oh No!
        Price missed an open-court 360-dunk attempt at a key time early in the second half. With Xavier trailing 43-41, Price stole the ball from URI guard Preston Murphy and was all alone going to the basket. He took off inside the foul line, spun completely around — then missed.

        “If you miss it, it's a bad dunk,” Price said. “I know if we would've lost I would've really heard about it.

        “That just made me get hungrier. I wasn't going to make any mistakes after that.”

        Price finished with nine points, five rebounds and five steals.

Weather fallout
        Rhode Island was in Cincinnati by Saturday afternoon, so there was little chance Sunday's game would be postponed because of the weather. However, one official and the scheduled TV crew did not make it to town.

        Mike Gorman and Ed Stefanski, who were expected to broadcast the game for Fox Sports Ohio, were unable to get to Cincinnati. Gary Massa and John Popovich, who broadcast for Channel 9, filled in.

        Also, referee Bob Donato, scheduled to come from North Carolina, was halted by the weather.

X files
        Brown's 31 points were the most for a Musketeer since Gary Lumpkin scored 31 last season against George Washington. Nobody has scored more since Darnell Williams had 35 points against Duquense on Feb.24, 1996.

Up next
        Xavier plays at Virginia Tech (5-5) on Wednesday night.

        The Musketeers have a favorable schedule over the next six league games. They play at Duquesne (4-7) on Saturday, then have St. Bonaventure (5-6 going into Sunday night at St. Joseph's) and George Washington (7-4) at home. Then Fordham (6-4) on the road and Virginia Tech at home.

       



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