XU is 13-0 after 69-42 victory over Webber International
December 29, 2010
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Anthony Simmons scored 13
of his 17 points in the second half Wednesday to lead unbeaten Xavier University
of Louisiana to a 69-42 men's basketball victory over Webber International in
the Miami Gardens Classic.
The Gold Rush, ranked ninth in NAIA Division I, are
13-0 for the first time since the 1940-41 season. Xavier has a 17-game regular-season
Simmons picked up three first-half fouls, two on offense,
but he didn't disappear after halftime when Xavier pulled away.
"You've got to play carefully (with three fouls)," said
Simmons, a sophomore forward from Rochester, N.Y. "But you have to stay focused and play smart."
Seniors Devin Andrew and Michael Harvey added 10 points
apiece for Xavier. Tyler Auerbacher led Webber International (5-5) with nine points.
Xavier allowed its fewest points since a 58-40 victory
against Paul Quinn on Dec. 6, 2008, and its fewest points on the road since a 43-42
victory against SUNO on Feb. 7, 2008.
"Defense was the reason we won," Simmons said. "The first
half we came out a little sluggish because of the Christmas break, but we picked it
up in the second half."
The Gold Rush trailed for about 2½ minutes in the first
half, but five players scored in a 9-0 run that put XU ahead to stay at 16-10.
Xavier led 26-20 at halftime and held a double-digit lead the final 14 minutes
after Simmons caught a a pass from Chris Iles and hit a jumper at the foul line to
make it 37-27. The final margin was XU's largest of the game.
"I thought our guys did a good job responding after
the Christmas break," Xavier Coach Dannton Jackson said. "We settled down in
the second half and got some big defensive stops."
Andrew scored in double figures for the 12th time
in 13 games this season.
Xavier defeated Webber International for the second
time this season and leads the series 5-0.
The Gold Rush will play its second and final game of
this event at 4 p.m. EST Thursday against Dakota Wesleyan (12-4), which did not
play Wednesday but defeated St. Thomas (Fla.) 68-52 Tuesday for its fourth