Sunday, January 10, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


Fouls keep Price down to nothing

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PITTSBURGH — Lloyd Price didn't even know it. And when he found out, he was sure it was a first for him.

        The Xavier standout freshman did not score in Saturday's 56-42 victory at Duquesne.

        “That's crazy,” he said, smiling. “I don't think that's ever happened, but it's all good because the team stepped up. What's good is we're still winning.”

        Price, who has scored in double figures eight times and came in averaging 10.9 ppg, attempted only one shot against the Dukes. He was limited to nine minutes because of foul trouble. He picked up three fouls in six first-half minutes.

Coming back
        Xavier left by bus after Saturday's game and hoped to return to Cincinnati in the early hours today. Classes resume Monday.

Mum's the word
       

        Wayne Smith, a freshman from Toronto who came into Saturday's game leading Duquesne in scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.3), is not allowed to speak to the media. But it's not the school's decision, it's his mother's.

        Dukes coach Darelle Porter doesn't let freshmen talk to the press during their first semester so they can concentrate on academics. Smith's mother, Pam, decided if her son did not get a 3.0 GPA, that would continue.

        “Wayne missed out by a fraction of a point, so he can't talk to the media because of mom,” Porter told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

        Smith had 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting and seven rebounds in his first game against Xavier. He also turned the ball over seven times.

Notable numbers
       

        XU came into Saturday second in the nation in turnovers forced (22.9) behind Southern University. Duquesne committed 17. ... Junior center Obi Harris had no points and one rebound in 22 minutes, giving him zero points and five rebounds combined in the last five games.

Going solo, Part II
        Radio man Joe Sunderman was left to do another road game by himself when broadcast partner Byron Larkin was unable to get to Pittsburgh because flights out of Cincinnati were canceled.Larkin also did not make it to the Musketeers' game at St. Mary's College in northern California.

Up next
       

        Xavier returns home for its next two games. It plays host to St. Bonaventure (6-8, 1-2) Wednesday night at the Gardens (7 p.m.), then West Division-rival George Washington next Sunday (2 p.m.).

       



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