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In the Mississippi Valley,
In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Gold Rush rallies late, defeats Dillard in overtime
January 30, 2010
NEW ORLEANS — Michael Harvey scored 21 points
Saturday, including the first four of overtime, to rally Xavier University
of Louisiana to a 72-67 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory
over Dillard in the Bleu Devil Classic at Lakefront Arena.
The victory was the second in a row for the Gold Rush
(12-9 overall, 3-6 GCAC). Dillard (2-13, 0-9) has dropped nine straight.
Dillard led 56-51 and had possession with two minutes
remaining, but Xavier rallied and tied the score at 60 when Devin Andrew made
a 3-pointer with 15.5 seconds remaining. Dillard missed 3-of-4 free throws
in the final 37 seconds and missed twice from the floor on the final
possession of regulation.
After Harvey scored the first four points of overtime,
freshman teammate Wanto Joseph accounted for the Gold Rush's final
eight points — three baskets and an assist to Jamaan Kenner for
Andrew recorded his first collegiate double, 17
points and a career-best 11 rebounds.
Donald Fondel scored 13 points, James Burkes 12 and
Autrail Manning 11 for Dillard, which never led in overtime.
Dillard had a chance to force a second overtime
when trailing 70-67, but Joseph stole Avry Ingram's inbounds pass in the
backcourt after a Dillard timeout and scored a layup with 4.7 seconds remaining
for the final points.
Joseph drove the middle of the lane for a layup and
Xavier's biggest lead of overtime, 70-62.
Xavier made its final eight attempts from the floor
— including all six in overtime — to finish at 47 percent for
It was the first overtime victory of the season for
the Gold Rush, which lost at home to Texas College in November and at Wiley
in December in overtime.
Xavier leads the series with its city and HBCU rival
71-47 and has won eight of the past nine meetings, including three overtime
Both teams will begin the second half of their GCAC
schedules with 7:30 p.m. games Thursday. Xavier will travel to Spring Hill,
and Dillard will play host to William Carey.