Harvey gets hot early, leads XU to victory at SUNO
January 16, 2010
NEW ORLEANS — Michael Harvey scored 18 of his
career-high 25 points in the first half Saturday and led Xavier University
of Louisiana to a 66-54 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory
over SUNO at The Castle.
The Gold Rush (10-6 overall, 1-3 GCAC) snapped a
four-game losing streak and won for the first time this season on an
Harvey scored Xavier's first 13 points and put the
Rush ahead to stay at 8-5 when he made a 3-pointer at 15:40 of the first half.
Xavier led 33-24 at halftime and took its biggest lead, 40-24, on Cordell
Hadnot's basket with 17:41 remaining. The Rush led by double digits for
most of the second half.
Harvey was 10-of-14 from the floor and made a
career-best four 3-pointers for the second time in three nights.
"(Harvey) is one of our leading scorers, and we
wanted to get the ball to him early," Xavier Coach Dannton Jackson said.
Hadnot and Ryan DeRousselle scored 12 points apiece
for Xavier, and DeRousselle had a career-high-tying eight assists and a
season-high three steals.
"Ryan probably had his best all-around game since
he's been at Xavier," Jackson said. "We need him to be solid at the point
Lionel Green led SUNO (5-7, 0-4) with 17 points,
eight rebounds and five assists. Ricardo Porter scored 16 points and
Brent Leduff had 12, and those two combined to make nine 3-pointers.
The Rush got a boost when senior forward Landon
Bussie, sidelined the past 14 games by an injury, scored seven points a
nd grabbed four rebounds, all offensive, in 16 minutes off the bench.
Bussie also had an assist, two steals and a blocked shot.
SUNO suffered its first home loss of the season
and has not beaten Xavier since January 2004. The Knights' second-year coach,
Dale Valdery, is 0-3 against the school he coached from 1990-2002.
Both teams will play GCAC road games at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday. Xavier will visit Mobile, and SUNO will travel to William Carey.