Thursday, January 21, 1999
Lumpkin injury not as bad as it looked
BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
NEW YORK It was a scary moment for Xavier.
Just 3:07 into Wednesday night's game, senior point guard Gary Lumpkin went down on the baseline near the Fordham basket clutching his right knee. And he stayed there for several minutes before being carried off the court by teammate James Posey and trainer David Fluker.
I jumped for a ball and came down and it just buckled, said Lumpkin, who was starting his 100th consecutive game.
He returned with 8:36 to go in the first half but struggled the rest of the night. Lumpkin finished 2-of-9 shooting with six points and four turnovers the only turnovers among the five starters during XU's 76-56 victory over Fordham.
I didn't feel like myself after that, Lumpkin said.
Fluker called it a mild sprain.
Home, Sweet Home
Obi Harris left New York in 1993 to live with his father and attend high school in Florida. But he still considers the Big Apple home.
Xavier's junior center, who grew up in Manhattan, got to play in front of a hometown crowd Wednesday night. Harris, 22, was expecting about 15 friends and family members in the stands, including his mother, two sisters and his maternal grandmother.
Harris finished with no points, two rebounds and one block in 13 minutes.
Home Sweet Home II
It was also a homecoming for injured senior Darnell Williams, a Brooklyn native whose family attended the Fordham game even though Williams is sidelined while he rehabilitates his knee.
Having played just once in his hometown during his career, Williams said Wednesday night's game was one of the hardest to miss while sitting out.
Xavier plays host to Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cincinnati Gardens. The Musketeers defeated the Hokies 80-67 in Blacksburg, Va., on Jan. 6.
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