Thursday, February 25, 1999

XAVIER 90, DAYTON 62


XU seniors go out with blowout

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[posey]
James Posey.
(Ernest Coleman photo)

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        Lenny Brown placed two fingers to his lips, then blew kisses to the fans. His three-pointer from the top of the key with 8:02 left put Xavier ahead by 22 points and sent the masses into a frenzy.

        “I felt good about the game, and I felt good about that shot,” Brown said. “That was just my thanks to the crowd for supporting us these four seasons.”

        The Musketeers routed Dayton 90-62 Wednesday night in the Cincinnati Gardens sendoff to seniors Brown, Gary Lumpkin and James Posey.

        Brown scored 23 points, set a school single-season record with 78 three-point field goals and moved to No.5 on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,726 career points.

        Posey added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals to set a single-season school record with 83 steals, previously held by Brown (81). Lumpkin scored 11 points, as did sophomore Maurice McAfee, who added nine assists, three steals and just one turnover.

        The Musketeers (20-8, 12-3 A-10) have their third consecutive 20-win season and fourth in five years under coach Skip Prosser.

        Now a Saturday showdown is set.

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Pre-game ceremony: James Posey with James Posey Sr. and Rosetta Moore; Gary Lumpkin and Peggie Lumpkin; Lenny brown and Jerina Brown.
(Ernest Coleman photo)

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        Xavier plays at George Washington with the Atlantic 10 West Division title and a No.1 seed in the conference tournament at stake. The Colonials, unbeaten at home this season, defeated Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

        “Tough game,” Prosser said. “Very good team. Tough environment. But if you would've said on the way back from Puerto Rico or Toledo that on the last day we'd be competing for a championship, you'd have had some takers on that.”

        Honored before the game at center court with their parents, the XU seniors kept their emotions in check, mostly smiling and enjoying the recognition from the sell out crowd of 10,100.

        “I was trying to hold back some tears,” Posey said.

        “I thought Gary was going to cry,” Brown said smiling. “Out of the seniors, I thought he was going to get the most emotional.”

        Said Lumpkin: “I'm not going to lie; I almost did. But every time I looked at Lenny, I told myself, "I can't cry.'”

        They knew there was business to take care of.

        The Musketeers scored the first five points, jumped in front 21-10 and never trailed.

        It was all Xavier all night.

        “I knew we weren't going to lose,” Brown said. “We just came out with too much intensity.”

        Last year, during the seniors' final game, Dayton led by as many as 14 points in the first half.

        Not this time.

        The Musketeers built their lead to 19 before going into the locker room ahead 47-30 at halftime.

        Dayton, which turned the ball over just 12 times in a 91-86 victory at UD Arena on Jan. 30, had 15 in the first 20 minutes alone. It finished with a season-high 28 turnovers; the previous high was 21.

        “In Game 1, we let them run their stuff too easily,” Posey said. “So we had to make sure we took them out of everything.

        “We had too much on our minds tonight for them to come in here and get a win.”

        Said Lumpkin: “We wanted the people to have something to remember us by. We just want ed to come in and get after them and hopefully take away their confidence early.”

        Xavier has won 15 in a row at the Gardens dating to last season and has beaten Dayton 14 consecutive times in the building. The home team has won the past nine games in this series.

        The Flyers (10-15, 5-10), who suffered their most lopsided loss of the season, are in fifth place in the A-10 West and finish their regular season Saturday at home against La Salle.

        “That group of seniors told us if we let them beat us by 30 they'd promise not to come back,” UD coach Oliver Purnell said.

        The blowout enabled the seniors to come out of the game one-by-one for a standing ovation during the final three minutes. They each hugged the coaches, their teammates and each other.

        “I told them I was very proud,” Prosser said. “My most significant thought about these guys is one of gratefulness. I'm thankful they've allowed me to go along for this ride.

        “As I told them in the locker room: Ideally there's a lot of basketball left to be played.”

Notebook: One senior has rough senior night


DAYTON (62)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Turner          29  6-15   2-3   2-4  1  0   17
Holland         29   5-7   4-7   3-7  0  3   14
M Ashman        27  3-13   2-2   3-5  1  4    8
Stanley         29  2-12   0-0   3-7  0  0    5
Morris          21   1-3   2-2   0-0  3  4    5
Fitz             7   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  2    0
Doliboa         18   2-6   4-4   2-2  0  2    9
J Ashburn        2   0-1   1-2   0-0  1  0    1
Bamigbola        9   0-1   1-2   0-3  0  5    1
Angarone         1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Young           25   0-3   2-2   1-4  2  2    2
Cooper           3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
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TOTALS         200 19-62 18-24 15-34  8 23   62
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Percentages: FG-.306, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
6-19, .316 (Turner 3-5, M Ashman 0-1, Stanley
1-7, Morris 1-2, Doliboa 1-1, J Ashburn 0-1,
Young 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots:
None. Turnovers: 28 (Morris 6, Stanley 5, Young
5, Turner 4, Holland 3, Fitz 2, M Ashman 2,
Bamigbola). Steals: 10 (Holland 3, Doliboa 2,
Stanley 2, Young 2, Morris).


XAVIER (90)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Frey            17   1-5   0-0   1-4  1  3    2
Posey           34  7-16  9-10  3-10  2  4   23
Turner          32   4-7   1-2   4-6  1  3    9
L Brown         30  9-16   1-1   1-5  2  2   23
Lumpkin         31   4-7   1-2   0-2  1  0   11
Catarella        1   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Mcafee          22   3-6   4-4   0-1  9  1   11
A Brown          5   0-2   0-0   1-2  1  1    0
Robertson        1   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Careathers       1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Harris           4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Price           19   2-3   3-4   1-3  3  1    7
Baronas          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Butler           2   0-0   4-4   1-2  1  0    4
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TOTALS         200 30-63 23-27 12-36 21 18   90
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Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals:
7-13, .538 (Frey 0-1, L Brown 4-5, Lumpkin 2-4,
Catarella 0-1, Mcafee 1-2). Team rebounds: 2.
Blocked shots: 3 (Posey 3). Turnovers: 19
(Lumpkin 5, Posey 4, L Brown 3, Frey 2, Price 2,
Careathers, Mcafee, Turner). Steals: 16 (Posey 7,
L Brown 3, Mcafee 3, Turner 2, Lumpkin).
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Dayton             30   32  -   62
Xavier             47   43  -   90
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 10,100. Officials:
Gary Bova, Reggie Greenwood, Joe Mingle.

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