Mobile hands Gold Rush its fourth straight loss
February 23, 2008
MOBILE, Ala. — Robert Jones outscored NAIA No. 13 Xavier University of
Louisiana 5-0 in the final 3 1/2 minutes to rally Mobile to a 65-64 Gulf
Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory Saturday.
Walter Fitzgerald led the Rams (19-8 overall, 13-3 GCAC) with 21 points.
Olumide Olafioye scored 19 points for the Gold Rush (20-8, 10-6), which
lost its fourth in a row.
Mobile rallied from a 10-point deficit to take a 35-27 halftime lead,
and Jones' basket with 16:33 remaining gave Mobile its biggest lead, 43-30.
Then Olafioye and Kelechi Okoroha combined for 24 points to rally Xavier,
with the Rush taking a 64-60 lead at 3:42 on Okoroha's first 3-pointer of
But Xavier was scoreless on its final five possessions. Jones' 3-point play
at 2:28 cut Xavier's lead to 64-63, then Jones scored a layup at 1:35 to put
Mobile ahead to stay.
Okoroha, who scored 15 points, missed two free throws with one second
Mobile has a four-game winning streak and has won seven straight at home.
Before Xavier's losing streak started Feb. 14, the Rush was tied for second place
in the GCAC and one game behind the leader, LSU-Shreveport. Four losses later,
the Rush has dropped to fourth place. The best news for Xavier on Saturday
was William Carey's loss at Tougaloo, which assured Xavier a first-round bye in the
conference tournament. Xavier can host its quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 5
by holding on to fourth place in the final week of the regular season.
Xavier's next game will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Loyola at The Barn.
The Rush will close the regular season at 7 p.m. next Saturday at New Orleans Arena
against Dillard in the Crosstown Classic presented by Siemens.