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Spring Hill goes overtime to eliminate Gold Rush
March 5, 2009

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     MOBILE, Ala. — Jeremy Price scored eight of his 24 points in overtime Thursday to lead Spring Hill to a 77-74 men's basketball victory over Xavier University of Louisiana in the quarterfinals of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.
     The Badgers, 18-10 and seeded fourth, advanced to the semifinals and will play host to eighth-seeded Mobile at 7 p.m. Saturday. Xavier, 19-12 and seeded fifth, ended its season with three consecutive losses and ended a streak of five straight 20-victory seasons.
     Kelechi Okoroha had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Gold Rush, and Shaun Dumas scored 17. It was the final collegiate game for both.
     All five Badger starters scored in double figures. Marcus Coleman scored 14, Antonio Burch 13, Owen McNally 11 and Nick Brown 10.
     Xavier's last lead was 68-66 in overtime on Okoroha's two free throws with 3:46 remaining. Spring Hill went ahead to stay at 2:02 when Price's basket made it 72-70.
     Xavier had a pair of 10-point leads in the first half and led 33-27 at halftime. Spring Hill rallied to take a 57-50 lead with 7:10 remaining in regulation. Michael Harvey's 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining gave the Rush a 64-61 lead, but Coleman made a 3-pointer 24 seconds later to force overtime. Harvey missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
     It was Xavier's first overtime loss in three seasons. Spring Hill beat Xavier for the second time in eight days and was 3-0 against the Rush this season.
     Dumas, a three-time All-GCAC point guard, played in his 129th game in four seasons to tie the Xavier career record set by Merlin Peters from 1989-93. Dumas had 1,431 points, 599 assists and 380 steals with the Rush.
     The victory was Robert Thompson's 100th in six seasons at Spring Hill, and he moved into a third-place tie on the school's all-time list.
     Mobile advanced by winning 66-55 at top-seeded Tougaloo. Second-seeded LSU-Shreveport defeated seventh-seeded Dillard 85-67 and will play host to sixth-seeded Belhaven — a 63-57 winner at third-seeded Loyola — in the other semifinal. The tournament winner will receive the GCAC's second automatic bid to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship at Kansas City, Month. Tougaloo earned the first automatic bid by winning the regular-season championship.

 

 
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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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