Xavier Athletics



XU returns to Southern, this time
with Baton Rouge connection
November 4, 2009
Xavier at Southern
7 p.m. Thursday
F.G. Clark Activity Center
Baton Rouge, La.

     NEW ORLEANS — Kevin Miller was an opening-day success for the Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball team this past weekend. Next is a trip home to Baton Rouge, La., to show folks how he's doing.
     Miller, a 2009 graduate of Catholic High School, and the Gold Rush will play Southern at 7 p.m. Thursday at F.G. Clark Activity Center. Admission will be free.
     It's the second straight season that the longtime state and HBCU rivals will meet in an exhibition. Southern won 63-56 a year ago.
     But much has happened since then to Xavier, which lost 1,000-point career scorers Shaun Dumas and Kelechi Okoroha to graduation — they led the Rush to a 19-12 season — and signed six freshmen this year.
     One of the newcomers is Miller, a 6-foot-4 guard who contributed five points, four rebounds, five assists and no turnovers in 18 minutes off the bench in Xavier's 100-58 home victory against Carver Bible on Saturday.
     "Kevin Miller is a pleasant surprise for us," said seventh-year Xavier Coach Dannton Jackson. "He brings a solid defensive presence to our team. He's fundamentally sound. He's done a great job getting better every day."
     Miller is the first Gold Rush basketball player from Baton Rouge since guard Sam Butler (Southern Lab) in 1998-99. Miller averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game and shot 66.3 percent from the floor this past season for Catholic, and he was voted most valuable player in District 5-5A and in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.
     "Coach Kemper Todd did a great job getting Kevin ready for college basketball," Jackson said.
     Five of Xavier's six freshmen played Saturday and combined for 21 points and 16 of the Rush's 24 assists. Junior guard Michael Harvey, a former Amite (La.) High School standout, led Xavier with 23 points, all in the second half. Harvey made his last seven shots from the floor.
     The Gold Rush was picked to finish eighth in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll, but there's plenty of excitement about basketball at Xavier, an NAIA program whose 25 seasons of 20 or more victories are the most among Louisiana men's collegiate teams. Two chartered buses will bring XU students and spirit groups to Southern.
     This is the first of two Xavier road exhibitions against NCAA Division I opponents this month. The other will be Tuesday at Western Kentucky. Sandwiched around the second exhibition will be a 3 p.m. Saturday home game against Wesley (Miss.) and six home games in a row from Nov. 13-Dec. 4.


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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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