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