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No. 8 Xavier men host No. 3 LSUS on Thursday
February 13, 2008

NEW ORLEANS — The longest winning streak of the season has produced the highest ranking of the season.

The Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball team is No. 8 — five spots higher than this past week — in the NAIA Division I coaches poll announced Wednesday.

Xavier (20-4) also will carry a seven-game win streak into Thursday night's 7:30 game at The Barn against LSU-Shreveport, which is 22-1, ranked third in the poll and the leader in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference by a game over Xavier and Mobile. LSUS is 11-1 in the conference, and Xavier and Mobile are 10-2. A Xavier victory and a Mobile win Thursday at Loyola would create a three-way tie with five GCAC games remaining for each team.

The Gold Rush is responsible for the Pilots' only loss of the season. Game two of Xavier's current streak was a 75-72 overtime victory at LSUS on Jan. 23. Kelechi Okoroha's free throw with 20 seconds remaining put Xavier ahead to stay, then teammate Mark Stewart made two free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining. But the Rush could not exhale until Josh Porter missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Porter, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, leads the GCAC and ranks fourth in NAIA Division I with a 21.9 scoring average. Porter has made a remarkable recovery after breaking the C5 vertebrae in his neck in the seventh game of the 2006-07 season. He has averaged 25.6 points in five games since Xavier limited him to seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in January.

LSUS, which climbed one place in this week's poll, has three other double-figure scorers, including center Jamon Morris, who averages 14.8 points and a GCAC-best 10.7 rebounds. Jared Stevenson leads the conference with 5.3 assists per game.

Stewart, whose 281 3-pointers rank fifth in the history of Louisiana men's college basketball, leads the Rush with 14.3 points per game. Alfred Williams averages 11.8 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Williams scored a career-high 23 points at LSUS and averaged 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds the past six games.

Mountain State of Beckley, W.Va., is No. 1 in the poll for the eighth consecutive ranking. Poll votes were collected on Monday, one day before the Cougars suffered their first loss of the season, 71-70 at unranked Lindsey Wilson.

The next coaches poll will be announced Feb. 20.

Xavier remained No. 24 in the women's Division I coaches poll and will play LSUS (10-11, 6-6) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at The Barn. The Gold Nuggets (19-5, 9-3) need one victory to reach 20 for the seventh consecutive season.

2007-08 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Top 25 Poll — Feb. 13

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL

1st PLACE VOTES

2007-08 RECORD*

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Mountain State University (W.Va.)

11

24-0

330

2

2

Georgetown College (Ky.)

 

25-0

319

3

4

Louisiana State University-Shreveport

 

22-1

306

4

3

Lee University (Tenn.)

 

21-1

288

5

5

Concordia University (Calif.)

 

19-3

281

6

6

Robert Morris College (Ill.)

 

20-2

271

7

8

Lambuth University (Tenn.)

 

20-3

270

8

13

Xavier University (La.)

 

20-4

245

9

16

California Baptist University

 

18-3

238

10

7

Oklahoma City University

 

16-7

230

11

17

Southern Nazarene University (Okla.)

 

17-6

215

12

18

Martin Methodist College (Tenn.)

 

20-4

199

13

19

Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)

 

16-6

196

14

12

McKendree University (Ill.)

 

19-6

181

15

9

Westminster College (Utah)

 

16-4

168

16

10

Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.)

 

18-5

164

17

15

Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.)

 

18-5

134

18

14

Wayland Baptist University (Texas)

 

15-8

128

19

22

Texas Wesleyan University

 

16-8

125

20

23

Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.)

 

15-6

123

21

21

Saint Xavier University (Ill.)

 

20-5

99

22

RV

University of the Cumberlands (Ky.)

 

14-10

96

23

25

Columbia College (Mo.)

 

20-6

75

24

20

Oklahoma Baptist University

 

17-6

71

25

RV

University of Mobile (Ala.)

 

15-7

58


Others receiving votes:
Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 49; Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) 48; Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) 26;
Pikeville College (Ky.) 23; Cumberland University (Tenn.) 20; Texas College 20; University of Illinois at
Springfield 18; Shorter College (Ga.) 16; Vanguard University (Calif.) 15; Campbellsville University (Ky.) 9;
Jarvis Christian College (Texas) 9; Voorhees College (S.C.) 9; Union University (Tenn.) 8; Freed
Hardeman University (Tenn.) 7; Rogers State University (Okla.) 7; Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) 6;
Faulkner University (Ala.) 6; Wiley College (Texas) 4; Carroll College (Mont.) 3; Berry College (Ga.) 2

* Record through games played Feb. 10


Gold Rush in the 2007-08 NAIA Division I coaches poll
Week Ranking Points
October 31 (preseason)
10th
225
December 5
11th
224
December 12
11th
218
January 9
11th
213
January 16
16th
171
January 23
18th
138
January 30
14th
185
February 6
13th
205
February 13
8th
245

 

 
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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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