Stewart, Rush soar over Eagles
For immediate release . . . November 30, 2007
NEW ORLEANS — Mark Stewart scored 20 points, including a season-best six 3-pointers,
to lead Xavier University of Louisiana to a 77-44 men's basketball victory
over Spalding in Friday's second game of the adidas Hardwood Classic at The Barn.
The victory was the 22nd in 26 games for the Gold Rush (7-1), ranked 10th in NAIA
Division I. Spalding (2-3), an NCAA Division III member, has a two-game losing streak.
Stewart, Xavier's career leader in 3-pointers with 227, was 4-of-4 from behind the arc ]
in the first half and scored 12 points to lead Xavier to a 35-16 halftime advantage.
The Rush led by 20 or more points for the final 19 minutes.
Kelechi Okoroha, with 11 points, was Xavier's other double-figure scorer.
Cornelius Kennedy scored nine points, and Shaun Dumas had eight. Ten of 11 Xavier
players scored, and none played more than 27 minutes.
Brian Miles scored nine points, eight in the second half, and Brenton Keye six
for Spalding. John M. Johnson grabbed five rebounds. All three players are reserves.
Xavier, led by Jarrel Lake's 10 rebounds, had a 29-26 advantage on the boards and
outshot the Golden Eagles 48 to 39 percent from the floor. Six Gold Rush players made
at least one 3-pointer, and Xavier finished with a season-high 11. Xavier committed a
season-low 12 turnovers and gained 24.
Xavier will play Savannah College of Art and Design (3-5), the other Friday winner,
at 7 p.m. Saturday. SUNO will play Spalding at 5 p.m.