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Gold Rush win 2 games but stay the same in NAIA poll

February 28, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana added to its resume but wound up in the same spot Monday in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
     The Gold Rush (26-4) — a wire-to-wire 56-51 winner over St. Thomas (Texas) on Tuesday and a come-from-behind 72-59 winner against Dillard in the Crosstown Classic on Saturday — are 17th for the second straight week. XU's 145 points also are the same as last week.
     But the sameness was a welcome change of pace for the XU men, who dropped seven spots over the previous two polls.
     Next for the Gold Rush will be a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Xavier will be the No. 2 seed, which means a bye in Thursday's opening round and a spot in Friday's semifinals. Xavier's tip-off time will be announced Wednesday. Tournament venue will be the Adams-Jenkins Sports and Music Complex at Edward Waters College.
     Tougaloo, the tournament's No. 1 seed, remained 13th in the poll.
     Xavier's 26 victories are its most since the 1983-84 season, when the Gold Rush finished 27-5. Xavier is the winningest New Orleans men's college basketball team since SUNO was 26-6 in 2001-02.


   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 27)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Robert Morris (Chicago) (12) 28-1 312 1
2 Concordia (Calif.) 27-3 302 3
3 Texas Wesleyan 27-2 291 4
4 Mountain State 26-3 274 2
5 LSU-Shreveport 25-3 269 8
6 Martin Methodist 28-2 255 5
7 Azusa Pacific 26-4 253 6
8 Georgetown (Ky.) 26-4 247 9
9 Union (Tenn.) 24-5 225 11
10 Oklahoma Baptist 23-7 215 10
11 Biola 26-4 206 12
12 Lindenwood 26-4 205 7
13 Tougaloo 25-4 191 13
14-tie Lee (Tenn.) 22-7 180 14
14-tie Southern Nazarene 23-7 180 15
16 Columbia (Mo.) 25-4 147 19
17 Xavier 26-4 145 17
18 St. Catharine 20-7 142 22
19 Carrol (Mont.) 20-7 129 RV
20 Evangel 22-8 120 23
21 McKendree 18-11 102 20
22 Emmanuel (Ga.) 23-7 96 RV
23 Montana State Northern 21-8 89 RV
24 Pikeville 24-6 70 RV
25 Rogers State 19-10 66 25

Others receiving votes: Olivet Nazarene 31, William Jewell 29, Shorter 28, Southern Polytechnic 27, Montana Western 25, John Brown 21, Texas College 15, Westmont 12, Park 10, Freed-Hardeman 6, Cumberlands 5, Northwestern Oklahoma 5, Life 3, Westminster (Utah) 1, St. Francis (Ill.) 1, Cumberland 1, Fresno Pacific 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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