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Lancers never trail in 77-69 NAIA win over Gold Rush

March 20, 2008

Box Score

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mark Roussin had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead four California Baptist players in double figures in a 77-69 victory over Xavier University of Louisiana in Thursday's opening round of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

The Lancers (24-8), No. 13 in the final coaches poll and seeded 10th in the 32-team tournament, never trailed against the unseeded Gold Rush (24-10).

Roussin scored in double figures for the 27th consecutive game and recorded his 12th double-double of the season.

Matt Gonzales scored 17 points and Carl Ross 16 for California Baptist, and Dave Cernin had 14 points and season-highs of 10 rebounds and six assists.

Shaun Dumas, playing in his 100th game for Xavier, scored a season-high 27 points and surpassed 1,000 for his career. Freshman guard Devin Andrew scored a career-high 10 points.

Cesar Menjivar's 3-pointer, his only points of the first half, broke a tie at 29 and put the Lancers ahead to stay with 68 seconds remaining before halftime. Ross made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give California Baptist a 36-30 lead.

In the second half Xavier twice cut the Lancers' lead to one point, but California Baptist scored on the ensuing possession both times.

California Baptist took its biggest lead, 66-54, on Daniel Hestehauge's free throw with 3:42 remaining. The Gold Rush countered with an 8-0 run, including Andrew's consecutive 3-pointers to cut the margin to 66-62 with 1:47 remaining.

A Gonzales 3-pointer at 1:08 made it 69-62, and the Lancers iced the victory by making 7-of-11 free throws in the final minute and grabbing offensive rebounds after two of the misses.

Dumas, a junior guard, reached 1,000 career points when he made a 3-pointer with 12 minutes remaining. A third-team NAIA All-American this past season, Dumas will enter the 2008-09 season with 1,007 points.

Xavier, making its school-record fourth consecutive appearance in the national tourney, outshot California Baptist 49 to 45 percent from the floor. The Lancers had a 12-5 advantage in second-chance points and outscored the Rush 19-8 from the line.

The Xavier-California Baptist matchup was the last of eight first-round games Thursday. It was scheduled to start at 9:45 p.m. CDT but did not tip off until approximately 10:30 p.m. The game ended at approximately 12:04 a.m.

California Baptist will play seventh-seeded Oklahoma City (27-7) at 9:45 p.m. Friday in the second round. Oklahoma City defeated Cumberland (Tenn.) 81-64 in the game immediately preceding Xavier's.

 
Postgame Quotes
Xavier Head Coach Dannton Jackson

On coming up short after cutting the California Baptist lead to four points with less than a minute to play:

"The game came down to defense and hustle plays. We were just a little late to the balls and closing out. Down the stretch the game came down to stops and we didn't do that."

On Shaun Dumas' 27-point performance and the team's lack of balance in scoring:

"We are a balanced team but a lot of that depends on how a team is playing us. Cal Baptist backed off Shaun (Dumas) and went under on ball screens, which took away from other things. We took what was available tonight."

What was said to his team after the game:

"We talked about the details of the game and the situations we were in and that we didn't perform well tonight. We also talked about the future of our team and how we can take certain things from this game and build on that. We talked about life lessons and the journey that we all are on. This is our fourth year overall and second since coming back from Hurricane Katrina and (we) try to look at the overall big picture of things."

California Baptist Head Coach Tim Collins

On the balanced effort:

"We got a lot of help from a lot of guys tonight. I'm really happy with the balance we had from everyone tonight. Carl (Ross) played very well tonight. He was active defensively, ran the lanes, found open people and hit his open looks. (Dave) Cernin struggled from the floor but he did everything else well. He rebounded, defended and found open guys."

On the keys to the win:

"We shored up our rebounding in the second half and executed what we wanted to run for most of the night. We came through at the right times and were fortunate to get through this one against a good team. They made a charge at the end, and we held them off."

On the prospects of playing the defending national champions tomorrow night:

"OCU creates a lot of problems. They are very physical and put pressure on the perimeter. They are the defending champs for a reason and could win it again. I would never say we can't win it, but they present a big challenge for us. We'll have our hands full, but maybe we can deal with the challenge, keep it close and give us a chance to win."

 

 
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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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