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In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Stewart breaks record in XU's ninth consecutive victory
For immediate release . . . February 10, 2007
NEW ORLEANS — Mark Stewart scored 20 points Saturday
and set a Xavier University of Louisiana season record for 3-pointers made in a 78-62
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball
victory against Loyola at The Den.
The victory was Xavier's ninth in a row and kept the
Gold Rush (16-7 overall, 9-4 GCAC) in first place in
the conference. Xavier leads by a half-game over its next two
opponents, SUNO and LSU-Shreveport, both 9-5.
Stewart's fourth and final 3-pointer with 8:11
remaining gave him a Xavier season record of 75
3-pointers made. Percy Bland (1989-90) held the
previous record, 74.
"I'm excited for Mark," Xavier Coach Dannton Jackson said. "He's a great
young man who comes from a great family. He had some injuries early in his
career at Xavier, but he overcame those. I'm glad he was able to reach this
milestone and do it within the framework of the team."
Kelechi Okoroha added 15 points, Olumide Olafioye 12
and Alfred Williams 10 for Xavier.
Luke Zumo scored 23 points and James Bunn 15 for
Loyola (4-19, 1-12).
Xavier outscored Loyola 10-1 in the first five minutes
and led 35-21 at halftime. The Rush took its biggest
lead, 72-46, on Olafioye's basket with 6:29 remaining.
The Rush outshot the Wolfpack 50 to 38 percent from
the floor and had a 36-23 rebound advantage. Xavier
made 7 of 11 from 3-point range and 27 of 34 free
"The first 25 minutes we played good basketball," Jackson said.
"We shot well and rebounded well. To keep Loyola's shooting percentage
in the 30s was a huge goal.
"I was disappointed about 18 turnovers. We made some late turnovers with
the reserves in the game. We've got to correct that. We're going to need
our reserves to play well to make a run down the stretch."
Xavier beat Loyola for the ninth consecutive time to increase its
series lead to 22-2, including 12-0 at The Den. Xavier is 22-0 when
it scores 63 or more points against the Wolfpack.
Xavier will play its final regular-season home game at
7:30 p.m. Monday against SUNO at The Barn. After that
the Rush will play four consecutive GCAC road games,
including trips to LSU-Shreveport and Belhaven next