Monday, February 15, 1999


Defense, quickness make up for poor shooting

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Lloyd Price grabs one of his eight rebounds.
(Michael E. Keating photo)

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        Xavier's 62-60 victory over Temple on Sunday defied logic. The Musketeers shot a season-low 28.8 percent from the field as a team. They were just 8-of-31 from three-point range. Senior guards Gary Lumpkin and Lenny Brown were a combined 2-of-19 from the field and 1-of-14 from three-point range.

        That is not the typical formula for beating any opponent, but especially Temple, which forces teams to win games from the perimeter.

        “When Gary and Lenny aren't shooting as well as they can, other people have to step up, which happened tonight,” Lloyd Price said. “That's what makes us a great team.”

        “We have guys who play with courage,” Lumpkin said. “I think it says a lot for us as a team.”

Aaron Turner's dunk gave Xavier the lead for good.
(Michael E. Keating photo)

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        The Musketeers, who trailed by as many as 10 in the first half, took the lead for good with 11:56 remaining when freshman Aaron Turner took an inside pass from Lumpkin and dunked it to make it 40-39. That started a 9-3 run.

        Temple never got closer than three until Keaton Sanders' three-point shot at the final buzzer.

        The Owls pulled within 53-50, then Xavier senior James Posey hit a three-point shot. The lead reached 58-50 and in the final minute every time Temple cut it to three, the Musketeers answered with free throws.

        “I was looking forward to this game,” said Posey, who scored a game-high 21 points. “It's a big game. I was nervous, but once I started playing, I felt all along that we were going to win. We needed it. We can't afford to lose any more games.”

        Xavier (18-7) won its 13th consecutive game at the Cincinnati Gardens before a sellout crowd of 10,100, a national TV audience and popular analyst Dick Vitale, who said afterward the Musketeers are a lock for the NCAA Tournament.

        The Musketeers are 10-2 in the Atlantic 10 and tied atop the West Division with George Washington. Temple (16-8, 10-2) is in first place in the East.

Maurice McAfee pressures Pepe Sanchez.
(Michael E. Keating photo)

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        It was the Owls' matchup zone defense that was supposed to control the tempo Sunday, but instead it was Xavier's full-court pressure, which has not been effective recently.

        “They try to dictate things with their zone, and they did early,” Posey said. “Once we were able to figure it out, we just attacked it. We weren't standing back and letting them deliver the blows. We had to punch back.”

        Temple committed a season-high 17 turnovers — which led to 23 XU points — and Xavier's quickness had Owls coach John Chaney using four guards and 6-10 Lamont Barnes.

        “That means I don't have a power game at all,” Chaney said. “It's testimony to how quickness controls the game.

        “If this team had a solid center, this team would be right in the hunt (for an NCAA title).”

        Xavier outrebounded the bigger Owls 40-37 and committed just five turnovers in the second half. It also outscored Temple 24-5 at the foul line.

        Brown and Lumpkin, who came in averaging 29.7 points together, combined for 11, six of which came on free throws. Brown missed all nine of his three-point tries and scored his only basket on a breakaway layup. Lumpkin was in foul trouble and played just 23 minutes.

James Posey gives a pat on the head to Turner.
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        “The fact that we found a way to win with that happening shows we've matured a little bit as a team,” XU coach Skip Prosser said.

        Posey did a little of everything. He had six blocked shots, six steals, five rebounds, three assists and hit 8 of 10 free throws. He took charges, made big defensive plays inside and nailed three much-needed three-pointers.

        “Is he a senior?” Chaney asked afterward. “Thank God!”

        Price had a solid overall game with 14 points, eight rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block in 23 minutes.

        Maurice McAfee scored 12 points, including three big three-pointers in the first half when Xavier was struggling.

        “I've been shooting bad for the past two or three games,” McAfee said. “I was just trying to come out of my slump.”

        The Musketeers trailed 8-0, started the game 3-of-15 from the field and had just two field goals in the first 101/2 minutes. They came back and only trailed 28-27 at halftime.

        “The biggest key is you've got to stay poised,” McAfee said. “You can't get down because you trail Temple.”

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                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Karcher         24  5-13   2-5   0-2  3  4   12
Barnes          27   4-6   0-1   2-5  0  2    8
Lyde            31   4-7   0-1   4-8  0  3    8
Sanchez         40  2-11   1-2   1-6  5  3    6
Brokenborough   35  5-10   2-2   2-7  1  2   13
Sanders         12   1-1   0-0   0-2  2  3    3
Rollerson        5   1-2   0-0   1-1  0  1    2
Wadley          26   3-9   0-0   2-3  1  5    8
TOTALS         200 25-59  5-11 12-34 12 23   60

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.455. 3-Point Goals:
5-22, .227 (Karcher 0-6, Sanchez 1-7,
Brokenborough 1-3, Sanders 1-1, Wadley 2-5). Team
rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 5 (Lyde 3, Barnes,
Karcher). Turnovers: 17 (Wadley 6, Karcher 4,
Barnes 3, Brokenborough, Sanchez, Sanders).
Steals: 9 (Barnes 4, Sanchez 2, Brokenborough,
Karcher, Lyde).

                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Frey            19   1-3   0-0   1-2  0  0    2
Posey           39  5-11  8-10   2-5  3  0   21
Turner          31   1-4   0-0   4-7  2  4    2
L Brown         36  1-13   4-6   2-6  1  1    6
Lumpkin         23   1-6   2-2   0-1  3  4    5
Mcafee          29   4-8   0-0   1-4  0  4   12
Price           23   2-7 10-13   2-8  1  1   14
TOTALS         200 15-52 24-31 12-33 10 14   62

Percentages: FG-.288, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals:
8-31, .258 (Frey 0-1, Posey 3-7, L Brown 0-9,
Lumpkin 1-5, Mcafee 4-8, Price 0-1). Team
rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Posey 6, Frey,
Price). Turnovers: 14 (Frey 4, Mcafee 3, Posey 3,
L Brown 2, Lumpkin, Price). Steals: 12 (Posey 6,
L Brown 2, Price 2, Lumpkin, Mcafee).
Temple             28   32  -   60
Xavier             27   35  -   62
Technical fouls: None.  A: 10,100. Officials:
Jody Silvester, Rich Sanfillipo, Donnie Gray.

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