Sunday, February 07, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


Price earns start, but doesn't finish

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PHILADELPHIA — Xavier junior center Obi Harris not only didn't start Saturday against LaSalle, he did not play for the first time in two months.

        Coach Skip Prosser changed the starting lineup, inserting freshman Lloyd Price in hopes of better defending LaSalle's many outside shooters.

        Price, who last started a game Dec. 9 at Toledo, was in foul trouble all night before fouling out with 8:26 left. He totaled just 15 minutes of playing time and finished with five points, two steals and one rebound.

        “We thought we needed that quickness against their perimeter guys and we felt that Aaron (Turner) and Kevin (Frey) gave us our best chance of guarding (K'Zell Wesson) inside,” Prosser said.

        Wesson finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds (seven on the offensive end) in the Explorers' 88-75 victory.

        Turner, playing in his eighth game, tied his career-high with seven points but had no rebounds. Frey finished with eight points and five boards.

Streak ends
        James Posey missed his first free throw Saturday, with 8:16 left in the first half, to end his school-record streak at 31 straight.

        He set the record Thursday night. Against LaSalle, he was 2-of-4 from the foul line. Posey is shooting 80.3 percent from the free-throw line for the season.

Notable numbers
        Xavier's six-game winning streak in Philadelphia came to an end. ... Gary Lumpkin's 15 points tied his best output in 14 games in Philly. Lenny Brown's eight points was his lowest output since his freshman year here. ... Lumpkin and Brown, from nearby Wilmington, Del., and both with friends and family in the stands Saturday, are 9-5 in Philadelphia. ... Lumpkin tied Brown for XU's career three-point field goals lead. Both have 199. ... XU has been outrebounded in three of its last four games.

Top rebounders
        Wesson (10.6) and Posey (9.6) were the top two rebounders in the Atlantic 10 going into Saturday. Posey finished with 12 and Wesson 10.

        Now it's Wesson at 10.5 and Posey at 9.7.

Looking ahead
        A week from today, Xavier plays host to Temple. The Owls, who lead the A-10 East, defeated Rhode Island on Saturday and are the only team at 9-1 in league play. Temple plays at St. Joseph's on Tuesday night.

Up next
        Xavier plays host to Duquesne on Tuesday night (7 p.m., Cincinnati Gardens). The Musketeers defeated the Dukes 56-42 on Jan. 9 in Pittsburgh. Duquesne is 4-16, 0-9 going into today's game at Fordham.

       



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