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Stewart breaks record in XU's ninth consecutive victory
For immediate release . . . February 10, 2007
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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 throws.

"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 week.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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