Hadnot, XU defense stay hot in victory at William Carey
December 13, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Senior forward Cordell
Hadnot scored a season-high 16 points Tuesday, and NAIA No. 21 Xavier University
of Louisiana produced another stellar defensive performance in a 57-42 men's basketball
victory against William Carey.
Hadnot was 7-of-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the
line to lead the Gold Rush (7-2) in scoring for the second straight game. Hadnot
has made his past 11 shots from the floor and past four from the line.
Xavier limited William Carey (5-6) to 27.9 percent
from the floor and allowed its fewest points to the Crusaders in 70 meetings.
It's the first time since November 2004 that the Gold Rush allowed fewer than
50 points in consecutive games.
Renard Smith had 11 points for Xavier, which has won
three in a row, and Denzell Erves and Kevin Miller scored nine apiece. Smith made
a pair of 3-pointers for the third straight game.
Xavier limited Carey's top two season scorers,
Brandon Givens and Roderick Little, to a combined 15 points — two in the
second half — and 3-of-19 from the floor. Givens, who entered the game
averaging 18.8 points, scored a season-low 10. Little, who entered averaging
16.2 points, scored a season-low five.
The Gold Rush led 28-27 at halftime and took the lead
for good, 31-30, on Nick Haywood's 3-point play with 18:36 remaining. Xavier
led by at least eight points for the final 11:55, and the final margin was its
largest of the game.
Xavier shot 41.7 percent from the floor and outrebounded
the Crusaders 34-31. The Gold Rush committed 16 turnovers and gained 22.
Stefan Sartori's 3-pointer in the seventh minute
capped a 10-2 run and gave William Carey its biggest lead, 14-11, but five
Xavier players scored in a 10-0 run to give the Rush a 21-14 advantage at 9:14.
Xavier will travel to city rival Loyola for a 4 p.m. game Saturday.