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Okoroha's double-double leads Gold Rush past Dillard
January 24, 2009

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     NEW ORLEANS — Kelechi Okoroha had a season-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Saturday to lead Xavier University of Louisiana to a 60-55 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory over Dillard in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic at New Orleans Arena.
     Attendance was 4,321 for the doubleheader, which matched the men's and women's teams of the two longtime HBCU, conference and city rivals.
     Okoroha's 3-point play with 4:42 remaining put Xavier (12-6 overall, 4-2 GCAC) ahead to stay at 51-48. But the outcome remained in doubt until Devin Andrew rebounded Cornice Wingate's missed 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining and the Gold Rush leading 58-55. Andrew was fouled after the rebound and made 1-of-2 free throws, then Okoroha added one more free throw with two seconds remaining.
     Michael Harvey scored 11 of his career-high 15 points for Xavier in the first half, and Andrew scored 10.
     Wingate made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Dillard (6-10, 3-3), and Autrail Manning scored 10. The Blue Devils' leading scorer for the season, David Manning, had seven points, all from the line, before fouling out with 5:58 remaining.
     Xavier has won seven straight and 10 of the past 11 against Dillard and leads the series, which began in 1948, 70-46.
     The victory was Xavier's 21st in a row against New Orleans opponents in the GCAC. That streak started in the 2004-05 season.

 

 
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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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