Gold Rush roar back with defense, beat Dillard 72-59
February 26, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — Chris Iles and Wanto Joseph scored
10 points apiece Saturday, and Xavier University of Louisiana turned a nine-point
halftime deficit into a 72-59 men's basketball victory over Dillard in the second
game of the Crosstown Classic.
A capacity crowd of 1,300 at The Barn watched the Gold
Rush (24-6, 4-2 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference), ranked 17th in NAIA Division I,
climb out of a 38-29 halftime hole and outscore the Bleu Devils 26-7 in the
Xavier limited Dillard (6-17, 1-6) to 25 percent from
the floor — 1-of-12 on 3-pointers —l gained 11 turnovers and outscored
the Bleu Devils 43-21 in the second half.
Devin Andrew's basket with 6:20 remaining gave Xavier
its first lead, 55-54, and put the Gold Rush ahead to stay.
Kenyon Harper scored 20 points, Terry Church 12 and
Jermille Fluker 11 for Dillard, and Cameron Hill grabbed 12 rebounds. Harper
scored seven points in Dillard's 15-2 run to open the game. Lance Theard's
3-pointer with 17:25 remaining gave the Bleu Devils their biggest lead, 45-31.
Xavier shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the second
half and outshot Dillard 44.4 to 32.3 percent overall. Xavier had a 44-34 rebound
advantage, and Andrew led the Rush with seven.
Dillard finished the regular season with 13 consecutive
losses. Xavier won for the 20th time in its last 21 games at The Barn. Both teams
will compete next week in the GCAC Tournament at Jacksonville, Fla. Seedings and
pairings will be announced by Monday.