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Gold Rush fall to 13th place in NAIA Division I Top 25

January 11, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Two losses in six games dropped Xavier University of Louisiana four spots to 13th in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 announced Monday.
     It's the fourth poll of 2010-11, the third of the regular season and the first since Dec. 13. The Gold Rush were 20th in the preseason, then climbed to 10th and ninth in consecutive December rankings.
     After a 13-0 start — the first for the Gold Rush since the 1940-41 season — Xavier lost 61-58 to Dakota Wesleyan in the Miami Gardens (Fla.) Classic on Dec. 30. Nine days later, Xavier lost 66-55 at Belhaven.
     But Xavier also had a pair of notable victories between polls — 76-66 on Dec. 18 at William Carey, which entered that game with five victories against ranked teams, and 72-58 two days later at Southern, the first XU regular-season victory against an NCAA Division I opponent since 2000.
     Xavier (15-2) completed a season sweep of William Carey with a 53-50 victory Monday at The Barn. The Rush will continue a five-game home stand with 7 p.m. matchups against Loyola on Saturday and Spring Hill next Monday.

   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Jan. 9)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 LSU-Shreveport (11) 13-0 312 2
2 Robert Morris (Chicago) 13-1 295 1
3 Concordia (Calif.) (1) 14-2 280 5
4 Lindenwood 14-1 269 14
5 Mountain State 12-2 264 8
6 Martin Methodist 13-0 261 11
7 Texas Wesleyan 13-1 259 4
8 St. Catharine 11-2 249 15
9 Azusa Pacific 14-2 234 10
10 Oklahoma Baptist 12-3 230 7
11 Georgetown (Ky.) 15-2 206 3
12 Westminster (Utah) 13-3 197 6
13 Xavier 14-2 194 9
14 Southern Nazarene 12-3 180 12
15 Shorter 13-2 167 13
16 Biola 15-1 164 18
17 Union (Tenn.) 12-4 143 16
18 Park 10-4 132 19
19 William Jewell 13-2 131 17
20 Emmanuel 16-1 120 24
21 Lewis-Clark State 12-3 102 RV
22 Lindsey Wilson 13-3 98 RV
23 Tougaloo 12-3 81 RV
24 Northwestern Oklahoma State 11-5 74 NR
25 Lee (Tenn.) 12-4 69 RV

Others receiving votes: Southern Polytechnic 53, St. Francis (Ill.) 47, John Brown 32, Montana State-Northern 28, McKendree 24, Freed-Hardeman 19, Pikeville 13, Columbia (Mo.) 11, Evangel 9, Point Loma Nazarene 7, Life 5, Saint Xavier 4, William Carey 3, Texas College 1, Benedictine (Kan.) 1, Bethel (Tenn.) 1, Fresno Pacific 1, Lubbock Christian 1.

 

 
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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 teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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