Sunday, January 31, 1999

DAYTON 91, XAVIER 86


UD Arena remains haunted house

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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James Posey hits a reverse layup on the way to a career-high 32 points.
(AP photo)

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        DAYTON — With 22.4 seconds remaining Saturday, Dayton's home crowd hit Xavier where it hurts, chanting: “You — can't — win — here.”

        “They were right,” Musketeers point guard Gary Lumpkin said later. “I wish I could come back again.”

        Instead, UD Arena will forever remain a House of Horrors for the Xavier seniors, who will graduate having never won in the building.

        Dayton knocked off Xavier for the fourth straight time on its home court, winning 91-86 before another national TV audience on ESPN and a crowd of 13,521, which ties the second-largest ever for UD.

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Maruice McAfee is pressured by David Morris and Coby Turner.
(AP photo)

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        The game was worse than deja vu for the Musketeers. History has now repeated itself over and over and over.

        The afternoon followed a familiar pattern that has haunted XU for three years. The Musketeers came in as the favorite and led early (9-0). Dayton rallied. Fans stormed the court after the final buzzer.

        “I used to really like this arena,” XU coach Skip Prosser said. “The first NCAA Tournament game I ever saw was here, back in 1984. I'm not liking it as much as I used to.”

        With good reason:

        • In 1997, XU led 22-8 early, trailed 42-40 at halftime, and lost by seven.

        • In 1998, XU led 21-12 early, then 52-51 at halftime, and lost by 11.

        • Saturday, XU led 23-12 early, then 40-37 at halftime, and lost by five.

        “I didn't sense any panic in the guys,” Dayton coach Oliver Purnell said. “They just kept playing. Then in the second half, we came out with more energy ... You have to be in attack mode against Xavier.”

        Said Prosser: “The biggest thing was in the first half, we just fouled so much. It caused us to become very passive.”

        Dayton won by shooting 55.6 percent from the field in the second half, including 8-of-12 three-pointers, and hitting 35-of-41 free throw attempts for the game.

        The Flyers took over in one five-minute stretch, scoring 18 points in seven possessions. There were five three pointers — three from game MVP Coby Turner — and three free throws by Cain Doliboa after getting fouled behind the arc.

        A 52-50 Xavier lead turned into a 68-62 Dayton advantage with 8:01 left.

        The Musketeers played catchup the rest of the way, never getting closer than two. XU was within 72-70, but Dayton pulled away with an 11-2 run.

        “I think at a certain point we intimidated them,” Dayton guard Tony Stanley said. “Not verbally, but just naturally getting after it ... You could tell they had that look in their eyes, like, "All right, they're doing it again.' Nobody really stepped up to make big shots for them.”

        ESPN's “Rivalry Week” became “Hell Week” for the Musketeers, who watched a 10-game winning streak end Thursday night at Cincinnati, then went on to their second two-game losing streak of the season.

        Xavier dropped to 15-6, 7-1 in the Atlantic 10, a half-game ahead of George Washington in the West Division. Dayton is 9-10, 4-5.

        Overshadowed was James Posey's career-high 32 points. The Xavier senior scored 21 in the first half and finished 9-of-17 from the field and 14-of-14 from the foul line with nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

        “He comes ready to play every day,” Xavier freshman Lloyd Price said. “When he's everywhere, that's what you expect from Pose now. He's going to the league (NBA).”

        “I'm just going out there and playing hard,” Posey said. “I don't even know until I look at the stat sheet what happened.”

        Senior Lenny Brown added 25 points and sophomore Maurice McAfee 10 off the bench for the Musketeers.

        Dayton had five players score in double figures, led by Turner with a season-high 20. He finished 4-of-6 from three-point range and was the player who ignited the Dayton rally. Doliboa, a sophomore from Springboro, Ohio, had a career-high 16 points and team-high six rebounds off the bench.

        Turner's first three came at the start of the second half. XU led 40-37 at the break, and Turner quickly tied it.

        “I knew when I shot it, I've got the stroke, because in warmups I was feeling it,” he said.

        He later gave Dayton leads at 53-52 and 59-57. After a Xavier turnover, Turner dropped another bomb for a five-point Dayton lead.

        “They shoot well here,” Lumpkin said. “A lot of times we just left guys wide open for whatever reason. Most of the time, when you give a team lot of wide open shots like this, they're not going to miss.”

        Said Posey: “We just had mental breakdowns. We talked about it all week, how they could stroke the three.”

        Said Price: “It seemed like everything they put up was going in, and I think the crowd helped them a lot, too.”

        The audience was pretty tame until Dayton made its move.

        The Flyers scored 19 of their 37 points in the first half off free throws.

        The Musketeers' full-court pressure rarely bothered Dayton. XU had only six fast break points.

        “I'm not going to sit here and make any excuses,” Prosser said. “I'm not going to say anything that's going to take away from the effort Dayton gave. They played extremely well.

        “Mark it down. We'll be back.”

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XAVIER (86)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Frey            16   1-2   0-0   0-3  0  4    3
Posey           40  9-17 14-14   5-9  0  2   32
Harris          15   1-1   2-2   1-3  0  4    4
L Brown         39  7-16   7-9   1-5  2  4   25
Lumpkin         26   0-6   4-4   3-4  3  4    4
Mcafee          20   4-7   1-2   1-3  3  5   10
A Brown          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Price           20   2-6   0-0   2-4  2  3    4
Turner          23   1-3   2-5   5-8  0  2    4
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TOTALS         200 25-58 30-36 18-39 10 29   86
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Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals:
6-23, .261 (Frey 1-1, Posey 0-4, L Brown 4-10,
Lumpkin 0-4, Mcafee 1-4). Team rebounds: 2.
Blocked shots: 4 (Frey 2, Posey 2). Turnovers: 19
(L Brown 7, Harris 3, Lumpkin 3, Turner 3, Posey
2, Mcafee). Steals: None.


DAYTON (91)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Turner          25  6-10   4-5   1-3  1  4   20
Fitz            18   2-3   1-2   2-3  1  3    5
M Ashman        30   4-8   3-3   1-4  4  5   11
Stanley         33  5-16   2-2   1-5  3  3   15
Young           24   1-5 11-12   2-4  2  3   13
Doliboa         24   3-6   8-9   3-6  1  3   16
Morris          23   1-4   5-6   0-0  4  0    8
Holland         13   1-3   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
Bamigbola        3   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  3    0
Cooper           7   0-0   1-2   0-1  0  1    1
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TOTALS         200 23-55 35-41 11-28 16 25   91
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Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.854. 3-Point Goals:
10-25, .400 (Turner 4-6, Stanley 3-10, Young 0-2,
Doliboa 2-5, Morris 1-2). Team rebounds: 3.
Blocked shots: 1 (Cooper). Turnovers: 12 (M
Ashman 4, Stanley 2, Young 2, Bamigbola, Fitz,
Morris). Steals: 5 (Stanley 2, Young 2, Turner).
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Xavier             40   46  -   86
Dayton             37   54  -   91
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Technical fouls: Dayton 1 (Stanley).  A: 13,521.
Officials: Donnie Gray, Rich Sanfillipo, Mark
Distrola.


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