Wednesday, February 17, 1999

XAVIER 88, LaSALLE 71


Brown, Muskies get even

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Kevin Frey
(Steven M. Herrpich photo)

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        An errant pass sailed out of bounds for a La Salle turnover early in the second half. The frustrated look on Explorers guard Donnie Carr's face was familiar. It was seen on Xavier's Lenny Brown 10 days earlier.

        Brown got the last laugh Tuesday night as the Musketeers blew past La Salle 88-71.

        The game had a decidedly different feel than when the Explorers beat XU 88-75 on Feb. 6. That afternoon in Philadelphia, Carr finished with 24 points and Brown eight as La Salle ended a 13-game losing streak against Xavier.

        “I just wanted to go out and let him know it wasn't going to be that type of game,” Brown said.

        The senior guard finished with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Brown, coming off a 1-of-13 shooting game against Temple, decided to take the ball to the basket early to break out of his slump and gain some confidence.

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Lloyd Price
(AP photo)

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        Of his 11 first-half points, only one basket — a three — came on an outside jump shot.

        “I know I'm quicker than he is,” Brown said. “If I get the first step, there's nothing he can do.

        “I know he felt I wanted to come out and have a big game, and he wanted to stop me. It was just two competitors going at it.”

        Carr scored 19 points and was 9-of-22 from the field, but 14 of his points came in the last 12 minutes after his team fell behind 63-40. He started the game 2-of-13 from the field.

        There were plenty of newspaper articles on the Xavier locker room bulletin board reminding Brown of the first game between the teams, when Carr's defense locked him up.

        Xavier coach Skip Prosser didn't need to say a word.

        “You could say a lot of stuff about Lenny Brown, but you can never question his competitive fire,” Prosser said.

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Gary Lumpkin
(Steven M. Herrpich photo)

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        A crowd of 9,123 saw Xavier (19-7, 11-2) win its third straight overall and 14th in a row at the Cincinnati Gardens.

        The Musketeers lead George Washington by a half-game in the Atlantic 10 West Division, but both teams have clinched a first-round bye for the conference tournament.

        La Salle fell to 10-13, 6-7 A-10.

        XU senior James Posey, who played one defensive possession holding his right shoe in his hand, had 19 points and 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season and 26th of his career.

        Freshman Aaron Turner had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Maurice McAfee came off the bench for 13 points.

        Senior point guard Gary Lumpkin had just six points but did have seven assists — two shy of his career high — and only one turnover in 34 minutes.

        “I thought there were a lot of things to be pleased about,” Prosser said. “... We came out with a lot of energy and emotion.

        “Not that we were the Russians at Stalingrad, but we guarded them much better. At La Salle, we got almost no easy baskets out of our press. Tonight we did.”

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James Posey
(AP photo)

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        It was a tight game for the first eight minutes. Xavier was clinging to a 16-14 lead, then went on an 11-2 run that was capped by a rebound basket by Brown.

        The highlight during that stretch was a hustle play by McAfee, who had just leaped into the media tables, toppling one on its side, then hopping back onto the court unfazed.

        On La Salle's ensuing possession, Posey blocked a shot by Carr, and McAfee ran to save it before it went out of bounds, falling into the other end of the media tables.

        McAfee got up, raced down court, got the ball and hit a three-pointer to make it 25-16. The crowd got louder in appreciation of the score and the effort.

        The Explorers pulled within 27-23 with 4:38 left in the first half. Xavier was having a hard time stopping 6-7 senior K'Zell Wesson inside. Wesson finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

        But the Musketeers have Posey, who scored eight of XU's final first-half points, including a three-pointer in the final second that made it 45-34. Posey had 17 points and four rebounds in the first half.

        “The last time they beat us by 13,” Turner said. “They were dancing and laughing at us, and coach told us to go out there and beat them bad. It was payback for them.”

Notebook: Turner turns in best performance


LA SALLE (71)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Thomas          37  5-10   0-1   3-8  0  1   12
Butler          39  5-10   0-1   4-6  4  0   11
Wesson          34  8-10   5-7  4-10  2  4   21
Blanks          40   2-6   2-2   1-3  4  3    7
Carr            39  9-22   1-3   1-1  7  4   19
Sidebotham       1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
J Jordan         3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Wilson           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Bragg            6   0-1   1-2   1-2  0  3    1
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TOTALS         200 29-60  9-16 14-30 17 17   71
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Percentages: FG-.483, FT-.563. 3-Point Goals:
4-14, .286 (Thomas 2-2, Butler 1-3, Blanks 1-2,
Carr 0-7). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 4
(Thomas 2, Butler, Wesson). Turnovers: 19 (Carr
5, Blanks 4, Thomas 4, Wesson 3, Butler 2,
Wilson). Steals: 7 (Bragg 2, Wesson 2, Blanks,
Butler, Thomas).


XAVIER (88)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Posey           28  8-14   2-2  7-13  2  4   19
Turner          30   5-9   0-0  5-13  1  1   10
Frey            23   3-5   1-2   0-2  1  4    7
L Brown         32  9-15   2-3   2-2  4  1   22
Lumpkin         34   3-9   0-1   1-1  7  2    6
Catarella        1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Mcafee          20   3-7   6-6   0-3  2  2   13
A Brown          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Robertson        1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Careathers       1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Harris           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Price           22   3-5   3-4   0-0  0  2    9
Butler           6   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    2
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TOTALS         200 35-65 14-18 15-34 17 17   88
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Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals:
4-15, .267 (Posey 1-2, L Brown 2-6, Lumpkin 0-3,
Mcafee 1-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 5
(Harris 2, L Brown, Posey, Price). Turnovers: 15
(L Brown 4, Frey 2, Mcafee 2, Price 2, Turner 2,
Harris, Lumpkin, Posey). Steals: 10 (L Brown 2,
Posey 2, Price 2, A Brown, Frey, Lumpkin, Turner).
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La Salle           34   37  -   71
Xavier             45   43  -   88
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 9,123. Officials: Mark
Distrola, Mike Sanzere, Arnie Mcdonald.

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