Hadnot, Kenner score 18 apiece, help XU improve to 8-1
December 12, 2009
MARSHALL, Texas — Sophomores Cordell Hadnot and
Jamaan Kenner each scored a career-high 18 points Saturday to lead Xavier
University of Louisiana to a 67-63 men's basketball victory over Texas College
in the opening game of the Wiley Classic.
The Gold Rush (8-1) has won five in a row since losing
67-65 at home in overtime to Texas College on Nov. 14.
Michael Harvey added 14 points for Xavier in its first
road game of the regular season.
There were six ties and 11 lead changes before Hadnot's
free throw with 17:17 remaining put Xavier ahead to stay at 40-39. Two Kenner
free throws at 5:45 gave the Rush its biggest lead, 62-52.
Ladarren Williams scored 12 points, Trey Manning 11 and
Jacobie Bias 10 for Texas College (4-4), which dropped its second in a row.
Xavier, No. 2 in NAIA Division I in 3-point field-goal
percentage defense, limited the Steers to 34.9 percent from the floor. The Rush
shot 42.9 percent and made a season-high nine 3-pointers, including a career-high
five by Kenner.
Manning scored nine points to lead Texas College to a
35-34 halftime advantage, but it was the Steers' final lead. Kenner opened the
second-half scoring with a 3-pointer, and there were two ties before Hadnot put
the Rush ahead to stay in the 23rd minute.
Xavier has won three times this season after trailing
Manning, who had 19 points, nine rebounds and six
assists in the Steers' victory at Xavier, scored only two second-half points
and did not make a 3-pointer for the first time this season. Manning was credited
with three assists, well below his NAIA Division I-leading 10.1 average.
Xavier is 8-1 for the fifth time in Dannton Jackson's
seven seasons as head coach.
Xavier will play Wiley at 4 p.m. Sunday in the final
game of this event. Wiley beat SUNO 72-69 in the second game.