Gold Rush suffers second consecutive loss
For immediate release . . . December 11, 2006
THIBODAUX, La. — Stefan Blaszczynski scored 22 points and grabbed 10
rebounds Monday to lead Nicholls State to its first men's basketball victory of the
season, 76-63 over Xavier University of Louisiana in Stopher Gym.
Adonis Gray added 18 points and Ryan Bathie 13 points for the Colonels (1-10),
who led 43-29 at halftime.
Three Xavier players had career scoring highs. Alfred Williams scored
16 points, Dannie Woods had 14, and Cornelius Kennedy had 10. Olumide Olafioye
added 13 points for the Gold Rush (6-3), which has a two-game losing streak.
Williams, who missed the previous three games because of injury, also
matched his career high of nine rebounds.
Mark Stewart, who entered the game with a Xavier-leading 16.1 scoring average,
did not start for the first time this season and had season lows of three points
and 15 minutes.
Gray's layup with 14:33 remaining gave Nicholls its biggest lead, 54-35. Xavier
scored the next 14 points — nine by Williams, five by Olumide — to
close the margin to 54-49 at 9:36, but the Rush got no closer. The Colonels
regained their double-digit lead in less than two minutes and maintained it
for the final 7:57.
Nicholls State committed 24 turnovers, six more than Xavier, but shot
54 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Rush 38-29.
The Colonels were Xavier's first NCAA Division I regular-season opponent
since November 2000. Nicholls beat Xavier for the first time in four meetings.