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Stewart sets career record in GCAC Tournament victory
For immediate release . . . March 1, 2007
NEW ORLEANS — Mark Stewart scored 17 points Thursday
and became Xavier University's career leader in
3-point field goals during a 67-64 men's basketball
victory against Spring Hill in the quarterfinals of
the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at The
The victory, Xavier's 14th in 15 games, advanced the
Gold Rush (21-8) to a 7 p.m. Saturday semifinal
matchup with LSU-Shreveport at The Barn. LSUS received
a forfeit victory against SUNO in the quarterfinals.
Stewart entered the game with 185 3-pointers and tied
with Dale Montgomery (1992-96) for the school record.
Stewart took sole possession of the record when he
connected at 17:37 of the first half, and he made
three more from behind the arc to raise his career
total to 189 and his season total to 96, also a school
Stewart scored six points during a 15-4 run which gave
the Xavier the lead for good midway through the second
Shaun Dumas had 14 points, six assists, four steals
and zero turnovers in 40 minutes for Xavier. Alfred
Williams had nine points and a career-high 13
Marcus Coleman scored 20 points, including six
3-pointers, and Jeremy Price had 12 points and six
assists for Spring Hill (14-14).
Xavier, leading 66-64 in the closing moments,
preserved the victory when freshman Kelechi Okoroha
blocked Ugo Ezekwe's shot with five seconds remaining.
Williams rebounded and made a free throw with 1.4
seconds remaining for the final margin. Spring Hill
committed a turnover during the final possession.
The Badgers trailed 36-30 at halftime but came back
for a 50-45 lead with 12:04 remaining. Then Xavier
rallied to post its eight consecutive home victory and
defeat Spring Hill for the seventh time in their last
Stewart made three free throws with 7:50 remaining to
put Xavier ahead to stay at 54-53. The Rush built the
lead to seven before Spring Hill twice cut the margin
to two points in the final 2:02.
Spring Hill outshot Xavier 54 to 35 percent from the
floor, but the Rush committed a season-low 11
turnovers and outrebounded the Badgers 41-29.