Gold Rush rally in second half to defeat Bobcats
November 11, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — Another home victory, another
free-throw feast. It was more of the same Friday for the Xavier University
of Louisiana men's basketball team.
Chris Iles scored 17 points, Anthony Simmons 16 and
Wanto Joseph 10 to lead Xavier, ranked 21st in NAIA Division I, to a 69-59
decision over St. Thomas (Fla.) at The Barn.
The Gold Rush (2-0) rallied from a 34-30 halftime
deficit, outscored the Bobcats 33-7 in free throws — 11-0 in the second half
— and won for the 22nd time in the past 23 home games.
Xavier attempted 48 free throws and improved to 31-0
since November 2009 when making more free throws than opponents. Iles, the
team's most accurate free-throw shooter this past season, was 10-of-10 from
the line, all in the first half. Joseph made 8-of-12 free throws, and Kevin Miller was 4-of-4.
Simmons scored 11 second-half points, and his basket with
8:48 remaining put the Gold Rush ahead to stay at 49-47. That followed 16 ties and 12 lead changes.
Joseph's free throws with 27 seconds remaining gave the
XU men their biggest lead, 67-55, and capped a 10-0 run which covered nearly 3½ minutes.
Jeffery Remmington scored 16 points and Dylan O'Sullivan 15
for the Bobcats (1-2), who lost Thursday at Loyola. Both players had nine first-half points.
St. Thomas, an NAIA Division II member, outshot Xavier 44.4
to 39.5 percent from the floor. Both teams grabbed 27 rebounds, and the Gold Rush
committed 19 turnovers and gained 25.
The Bobcats were assessed with 33 fouls, two less than
they committed at Loyola.
The Gold Rush and Bobcats will meet again Dec. 29 in the St.
Thomas Classic. Next for Xavier will be a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday game at Mobile.