Monday, February 15, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


Posey's play earns chat with Vitale

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There he was, microphone in his face, camera pointed at him, fans screaming from the stands and Dick Vitale by his side. Xavier senior James Posey couldn't stop smiling.

        Posey has watched Vitale interview numerous players and coaches on national TV after games. Now it was his turn.

        Vitale talked to Posey after he scored a game-high 21 points in XU's 62-60 victory over Temple.

        “Actually, I dreamed about being interviewed after (a game) with Dick Vitale, so it came true for me,” Posey said. “It was fun.

        “I talked to him before the game. He's been hyping me up a little bit the last couple years. He's a great guy.”

Reunion
        Before the game, XU freshman Lloyd Price told Temple center Kevin Lyde, “It's going to be a dogfight.”

        Afterward, Price told him: “We got you.”

        Price and Lyde were teammates last year at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., and have remained friends. Price visited Lyde at Temple's hotel on Saturday night.

        “This was all about bragging rights,” Price said. “Now I can call him and just get in his ear. He really hates to lose, but he's going to hear about this one.”

        And when Lyde blocked a few of Price's shots Sunday? “I heard about those in the middle of the game,” Price said smiling.

        Price finished with 14 points and eight rebounds; Lyde had eight points and eight rebounds.

In stitches
        XU freshman Kevin Frey went to the sideline with 42.8 seconds left in the first half with blood dripping from above his left eye. He went to the locker room and received 12 stitches.

        Frey, who started the game, did not get back to the bench until almost three minutes into the second half and he was wearing No. 50. His usual No. 3 jersey had blood on it. Frey said Price came down after a rebound dunk and hit him in the head.

        Price started the second half.

Honors
        ABC-TV named Gary Lumpkin the Paine-Webber scholar-athlete of the game. The senior guard has a 3.5 GPA in the sport management master's program.

He's back
        Temple's Pepe Sanchez played against Xavier for the first time in two years. The junior point guard was injured (ankle) for last year's game in Philadelphia, which XU won 79-73. Sanchez finished with six points on 2-of-11 shooting, five assists and just one turnover.

Up next
        Xavier plays host to LaSalle 7p.m. Tuesday at the Gardens. The Musketeers will be trying to avenge a Feb.6 88-75 loss in Philadelphia.

       


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