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Gray's play makes Gold Rush blue; Loyola wins in 3 OTs
December 17, 2011

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     NEW ORLEANS — Corey Gray scored seven of his 23 points in the third overtime Saturday to lift Loyola to a 95-91 men's basketball victory against NAIA No. 21 Xavier University of Louisiana at The Den.
     The Wolfpack (8-4) completed its first season sweep of the Gold Rush (7-3) and won at home against its city rival for the second time in 17 attempts. Loyola won 66-59 at Xavier on Nov. 29. Xavier leads the series 29-6.
     Gray scored all his points after halftime and had 12 points in the extra 15 minutes. His basket with 10 seconds remaining in regulation tied the score at 62, and the game went to overtime when Xavier's Chris Iles missed a running 12-footer from the right baseline at the buzzer.
     Nick Haywood's 3-pointer with six seconds remaining tied the score at 72 for Xavier and forced a second overtime. The Gold Rush missed a chance to win in the second overtime when Wanto Joseph missed a second free throw after the making the first with 21 seconds remaining. That left the score tied at 83. Loyola's McCall Tomeny then missed at the buzzer.
     Loyola never trailed in the third overtime and took the lead for good, 90-88, on Chris Joseph's basket with 1:16 remaining. Gray's 3-pointer made it 93-89 with 25 seconds to play, and he scored the game's final points on a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining.
     Tomeny scored 19 points, Cameron Cates 16, Chris Joseph 15 and Robert Lovaglio 13 for Loyola.
     Xavier had six scorers in double figures. Denzell Erves had 17, Wanto Joseph and Haywood had 15 apiece, Iles had 12 and Cordell Hadnot and Jamaan Kenner scored 10 each. Hadnot grabbed a career-high-tying 12 rebounds, and Joseph had a career-high nine assists.
     The Gold Rush outshot the Wolfpack 48.5 to 41.4 percent from the floor, but Loyola had a 45-36 rebound advantage and dominated at the line, making 29-of-39 free throws to Xavier's 15-of-21. The Gold Rush committed a season-worst 31 fouls, and Erves and Anthony Simmons both fouled out in the second overtime.
     Xavier made 10 3-pointers to tie a season high. Haywood made three treys, and Iles, Kenner and Kevin Miller made two apiece. Gray and Chris Joseph made three treys apiece for Loyola.
     Loyola outscored Xavier 7-0 in the final four minutes of the first half to trim the Gold Rush advantage to 30-28. Xavier led 54-46 after an Erves basket with 8:49 remaining in regulation.
     It was the first time Xavier and Loyola played overtime. It was the first time the Gold Rush played multiple overtimes since an 80-72 home victory against Mobile on Jan. 29, 2004. XU records on three-overtime games are incomplete, but the Gold Rush won in triple overtime at Dillard during the 1992-93 season and against Loras in the National Catholic Tournament at Dubuque, Iowa, during the 1990-91 season.
     Xavier will break for Christmas, then resume its schedule with games in Miami Gardens, Fla., against Florida Memorial on Dec. 28 and St. Thomas on Dec. 29.


 

 
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