Sunday, February 21, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


Brown swipes defensive record

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        AMHERST, Mass. — Lenny Brown came to Xavier known as a scorer. On Saturday, the senior guard became the school's all-time leader with 227 career steals.

        Brown had three steals in a 78-77 double-overtime loss at Massachusetts, sending him past Anthony Hicks, who had 226 steals from 1979-83.

        “The thing is, I came in as an offensive player, but they didn't know my attitude,” Brown said. “I wanted to be a complete player, and that's what I've tried to be my whole career.

        “(The record) wasn't something that I planned. It's a great accomplishment. I think if I would've been more aggressive at the beginning of the year, I could've had more. I was a little bit passive with my defense earlier in the season.”

        Brown set XU's single-season record with 81 steals last season, but teammate James Posey has 76 so far this season.

Big man walking
        XU freshman Kevin Frey (6-foot-8, 230 pounds) played an aggressive game against UMass center Lari Ketner (6-10, 285), finishing with eight points and nine rebounds.

        Ketner finished with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting and 12 rebounds and grabbed several boards over Frey, who at times had him boxed out.

        “He's big; he's strong.” Frey said. “I didn't want to shy away from him.”

Stayin' alive
        At the end of the first overtime, Posey was limping badly after spraining his left ankle. He turned it again later but said after playing 49 minutes that he was fine.

        “I twisted it a couple of times,” he said. “But I was going to finish the game regardless. I wasn't coming out.”

        Posey collected his 12th double-double of the season and 27th of his career with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Left behind
        Freshman Aaron Turner, suspended for Saturday's game, made the trip with the team but remained at the hotel for the game.

Time management
        Saturday was Xavier's first overtime game since Jan. 14, 1998, at George Washington. XU's last multiple OT game was December 1996 at Akron; that went three extra periods.

        The two overtimes didn't help Xavier's travel plans. The Musketeers had a 5:30p.m. flight out of Hartford, which is about an hour from UMass. At 3 p.m., they were still in the Mullins Center.

Notable numbers
        UMass is 34-20 playing on ESPN in the 1990s and 63-13 all-time at the Mullins Center. ... Brown moved into seventh place on Xavier's all-time scoring list (1,703 points), passing Nick Daniels (1,690) and trailing Brian Grant by 16. ... Posey moved into 18th place with 1,279 career points.

Up next
        Seniors Brown, Gary Lumpkin and Posey play their final game at the Cincinnati Gardens on Wednesday when the Musketeers play host to Dayton (7 p.m.).

       



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