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Xavier men beat Wiley in overtime, 82-79
November 14, 2008

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     NEW ORLEANS — Dannie Woods scored a layup with with 23 seconds remaining in overtime Friday to rally Xavier University of New Orleans to an 82-79 men's basketball victory over Wiley at The Barn.
     The Gold Rush, ranked 18th in NAIA Division I by Victory Sports Network, outscored the Wildcats 9-3 in the final 94 seconds to erase a 76-73 deficit and give Wiley its third consecutive loss and second in as many nights.
     Shaun Dumas passed to Woods for a basket and an 80-79 Xavier lead, then Dumas made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
     Olumide Olafioye scored a season-high 22 points for Xavier, which is 4-0 for the sixth consecutive season, and Ryan DeRousselle had 16 points and four 3-point field goals, both career highs. Shaun Dumas scored a season-high 15 points, and Woods and Kelechi Okoroha had 12 apiece.
     LaMario Kersee scored 24 points for Wiley (2-4), and Darnell Adams had 16. Jordan Alexander and Ronald Tolbert scored 11 apiece.
     Wiley got 12 points from Adams, 11 from Kersee and shot 62 percent from the floor to build a 34-29 halftime lead. The Wildcats extended their advantage to 42-31 with 17:18 remaining.
     But Xavier rallied, and there were seven lead changes and four ties during the final 12 minutes of regulation. Jordan Alexander's 3-pointer for Wiley with six seconds remaining tied the score at 70 and forced overtime.
     The Gold Rush missed 17 free throws in the game but shot 65 percent from the floor after halftime to finish at 56.5 percent.
     Okoroha grabbed 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double, but Wiley had a 34-29 rebound advantage.
     Xavier is 4-0 in overtime since the start of the 2006-07 season.
     The Gold Rush will play Philander Smith at 6 p.m. Monday at The Barn. Wiley will stay in town and play Dillard at 7 p.m. Saturday.


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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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