Tuesday, February 16, 1999

A-10 NOTEBOOK


Osmonds or Lumpkins?

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Oh say, can you see ... five Lumpkins singing the national anthem?

        That's what's going to happen for Xavier's Senior Night on Feb. 24.

        Senior guard Gary Lumpkin's siblings — brothers Rudy, Ken and Dan and sisters Sonya and Yvette — are scheduled to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Musketeers' game against Dayton.

        “They're probably practicing as we speak,” Lumpkin said. “I've heard them sing it. It sounds pretty good. I think the crowd will like it.”

        Lumpkin will not be joining them.

        “I've got to concentrate on the game,” he said. “I won't be singing.”

        LOOKING AHEAD: On Saturday, Xavier faces Massachusetts and red-hot guard Monty Mack, whose 17.8-point scoring average is the highest for the Minutemen since 1990-91, when Marcus Camby averaged 20.5.

        Mack's season-high 34 points (Dec.1 vs. Charleston) is the second-highest point total in the A-10 this season, behind George Washington's Shawnta Rogers (36).

        “I can't ask for more from the kid,” coach Bruiser Flint said. “He's the third-leading scorer in the league; he guards the best guard on the other team every game. The kid's been great. He's improved so much from last season, what more can I say about him?”

        GOING, GOING ...: Junior forward Ajmal Basit was kicked off the Massachusetts team last week by Flint. Basit was averaging 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

        HO-HUM: Rhode Island's Lamar Odom won the Rookie of the Week award for the ninth time, tying the record.

        SECOND-HALF TEAM: In its past four games, Rhode Island has averaged 26.5 points in the first half and 41.3 points in the second half.

        “We're trying to get them to start every game an hour later so we can wake up,” coach Jim Harrick said.

        The good news for the Rams: Their next game, at St. Bonaventure, is at 9:30 p.m.

        MILESTONES: Coach Skip Prosser needs one victory to reach 100 at Xavier.

        • Temple's John Chaney needs two victories to become the school's all-time winningest coach and three more to reach 600 for his career.

        • George Washington's Tom Penders needs six victories to hit 500.

       



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