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Gold Rush second in GCAC basketball coaches poll
September 30, 2008

     NEW ORLEANS — The men's basketball coaches of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference have picked Xavier University of Louisiana to finish second in the 2008-09 standings.
     The Gold Rush — 24-10 this past season and a qualifier for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship for a school-record fourth consecutive time — received a first-place vote and 71 points, 10 less than preseason favorite LSU-Shreveport, in a poll announced Tuesday.
     LSUS received nine first-place votes and 81 points. Tougaloo was third with 54 points.
     Xavier was the preseason favorite in 2007-08 but finished third in the GCAC. LSUS won the regular season and its third consecutive GCAC Tournament title.
     Senior guard Shaun Dumas, a two-time All-GCAC selection and the league's Freshman of the Year in 2004-05, and junior forward Dannie Woods are the Rush's two returning starters. Also back is senior forward Kelechi Okoroha, who shot 60 percent from the floor the past two seasons.
     Xavier will play its earliest regular-season opener, which will tip off at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 against Southern Polytechnic at The Barn. The GCAC opener will be Jan. 8 at LSUS, and the Pilots will visit The Barn on Feb. 7.

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Men's Basketball
2008-09 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)

No. School Points
1. LSU-Shreveport (9) 81
2. Xavier (1) 71
3. Tougaloo 54
4. Mobile 52
5. Spring Hill 46
6. William Carey 41
7. Loyola 33
8. Belhaven 30
9. Dillard 27
10. SUNO 15

Xavier in previous GCAC polls
2007-08 — 1st
2006-07 — 6th
2004-05 — 3rd
2003-04 — 4th
2002-03 — 5th
2001-02 — 1st
       2000-01 — 2nd
1992-93 — 2nd
1991-92 — 1st
1989-90 — 6th
1988-89 — 4th
1987-88 — 2nd


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

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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