Sunday, January 31, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


No field day for Lumpkin

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Xavier senior Gary Lumpkin finished 0-of-6 from the field and scored all four of his points on free throws in Saturday's 91-86 loss at Dayton.

        Afterward, the four-year starter said he couldn't recall the last time he had no field goals in a game.

        There's a reason for that: It's never happened during his career at Xavier, which currently spans 109 games.

        Lumpkin, coming off a season-high 25 points against UC, picked up his third personal foul with 12:47 left in the first half Saturday. He ended up playing 26 minutes and missing four three-point attempts.

        Five times in his Xavier career he finished a game with only one field goal.

Big game
       

        Skip Prosser said it's not magical. Dayton is tough at home because it has good players, a good coach and good fans.

        Dayton guard Edwin Young adds this: “When this team plays Xavier, everybody's level steps up, everybody goes an extra mile,” he said. “We just fought each other for 40 minutes. I love this game. This game hurts at times. This game will tear you up at times when you lose when you want to win so bad.”

Posey's choice
       

        XU senior James Posey said his final college choices were Xavier and Dayton. After his third straight loss at UD Arena, he said, “I'm not happy at all.”

        “They recruited me and they talked about how their fans get into it and how tough it is to win here and its like damn, I found out,” Posey said.

Trophy time
       

        Dayton gets back the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy given to the winner in this rivalry. The teams play again at the Cincinnati Gardens on Feb. 24.

        UD senior Coby Turner was picked as the game's MVP after scoring a team-high 20 points. He came in averaging just 7.6.

        “We have a habit of getting guys out their slumps,” Prosser said.

Notable numbers
       

        Xavier forces 21.5 turnovers a game; Dayton had 12.

        XU's 11-game winning streak in conference games ends.

        Dayton's season-high 91 points were almost 24 points better than its average (67.2).

        XU is 3-2 in games after Crosstown Shootouts under Prosser.

        Lenny Brown moved into ninth place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,600 career points. Posey moved into 19th place (1,181).

Up next
       

        Xaviers plays at St. Joseph's on Thursday night (7 p.m.), then stays in Philadelphia to face LaSalle on Saturday (4 p.m.).

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