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Rush win 2 more to reach 11th in NAIA Division I Top 25

January 25, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Another week, another climb of one spot for Xavier University of Louisiana in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
     The Gold Rush moved up to 11th in the poll, which was released late Monday afternoon and a couple of hours before the tip-off of Xavier's 69-63 home victory against Mobile.
     The XU men justified their move with two home victories: 64-58 against Spring Hill and 77-67 against then-No. 21 Tougaloo. The Bulldogs dropped one spot to 22nd, and it's the fourth week there are two Gulf Coast Athletic Conference teams in the top 25.
     Xavier is 19-2 for the first time since the 2003-04 season after beating Mobile. The next Gold Rush game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday against city, GCAC and HBCU rival SUNO at The Castle.
     Robert Morris (Chicago), the No. 1 team on Dec. 6 and 13, received nine of 12 first-place votes and returned to No. 1. LSU-Shreveport, the No. 1 team the past two weeks, dropped to third after its first loss of the season, a 94-91 decision at Our Lady of the Lake in which the Saints made two 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds.


   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Jan. 23)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Robert Morris (Chicago) (9) 18-1 310 2
2 Concordia (Calif.) (3) 18-2 301 3
3 LSU-Shreveport 16-1 291 1
4 Mountain State 16-2 282 5
5 Azusa Pacific 18-2 259 7
6 Texas Wesleyan 16-2 249 8
7 Georgetown (Ky.) 19-2 247 9
8 Martin Methodist 17-1 245 6
9 Oklahoma Baptist 15-4 235 11
10 Lindenwood 17-2 229 4
11 Xavier 18-2 207 12
12 Southern Nazarene 15-3 192 13
13 St. Catharine 13-4 189 10
14 William Jewell 17-2 184 18
15 Lee (Tenn.) 16-4 183 14
16 Biola 18-2 157 15
17 Union (Tenn.) 17-4 155 16-tie
18 Park 13-4 148 19
19 Montana State Northern 15-5 136 NR
20 Southern Polytechnic 12-4 98 RV
21 Northwestern Oklahoma State 14-6 93 25
22 Tougaloo 15-4 84 21
23 Westminster (Utah) 15-4 80 22
24 St. Francis (Ill.) 16-4 71 RV
25 Columbia (Mo.) 16-3 70 RV

Others receiving votes: Carroll (Mont.) 67, Emmanuel 42, Lindsey Wilson 38, Freed-Hardeman 27, John Brown 23, Pikeville 19, McKendree 6, Westmont 5, Oklahoma Christian 4, Life 4, Evangel 3, Shorter 3, Saint Xavier 1, Texas College 1, Point Loma Nazarene 1, Our Lady of the Lake 1, Lewis-Clark State 1, Bethel (Tenn.) 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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