Thursday, March 18, 1999

XU NOTEBOOK


Too many 40-minute men for Princeton

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        In its first 1999 NIT game, Princeton coach Bill Carmody used his five starters the entire 40 minutes against Georgetown. On Wednesday night against Xavier, four of the five starters went the whole way.

        “I'm surprised the fifth one didn't play 40,” XU senior Gary Lumpkin said.

        Xavier outscored the Tigers 35-16 in the final 14 minutes. Princeton had 10 second-half turnovers; it averages 12 a game.

        “Maybe we were just tired,” said Carmody, whose team traveled from North Carolina State on Tuesday. “Give them credit. They just outworked us. It's a 40-minute game. They played 40, we didn't. Their full-court defense beat us.”

NIT talk
        Here's the drill for the four semifinalists: The semifinal games are 7p.m. and 9p.m. Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Who plays when has not been decided.

        There is a consolation game at 5:30p.m. Thursday, with the championship game following at about 7:30p.m.

NIT bound?
        AAA Travel has put together some deals for Xavier fans interested in following the team to New York.

        There is a Delta flight that would leave Tuesday morning and return Friday morning for $295. There are two hotel options, costing $220 or $89 per night.

        Call 762-5429 or 1-800-252-3932 for information.

        The package does not include tickets; for those call the XU ticket office (745-3411).

Rooting interest
        The players most excited about a chance to play in the “Big Apple?” Darnell Williams and Obi Harris.

        Harris, a junior, was born in New York City, and Williams, an injured senior, is from Brooklyn.

        “One time (Darnell) looked at me and said, "G, I want to go home,'” Lumpkin said. “I said, "OK, we'll take you there.'”

Halftime guests
        The women's basketball team was honored at halftime and received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Gardens. The loudest cheers came for senior point guard Nikki Kremer, who was announced last.

        The Musketeers came within seven seconds of upsetting No.4 Connecticut on Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They finished their season 24-9.

Notable numbers
        Xavier is 1-4 on ESPN this season; Princeton is 6-2. ... Xavier is 42-2 at the Gardens over the past three years. ... The Musketeers set a school record by playing their 34th game in one season.

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