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In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Joseph's layup at buzzer gives Xavier an overtime victory
December 29, 2011
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Wanto Joseph converted his
frontcourt steal into a layup at the buzzer Thursday, giving Xavier University of
Louisiana a 71-69 overtime men's basketball victory against Florida Memorial in the
Miami Gardens Classic.
The Gold Rush (8-4), ranked 21st in NAIA Division I, snapped a
two-game losing streak and finished 1-1 in the event. The Lions (4-9) of NAIA Division II
dropped their seventh in a row and lost in overtime for the second straight day.
Joseph stole the ball from Denzel Wright with seven seconds
remaining, then weaved through traffic to reach the basket and avoid a second overtime.
"I looked up at the clock and there were two seconds remaining,"
Joseph said. "I was at the volleyball (baseline), so I knew I was close enough. I took one
dribble and two hard steps and made it to the rim in time."
Anthony Simmons led Xavier with 15 points and reached double figures
for the first time in more than a month. Cordell Hadnot had 12 points and a career-high 15
rebounds. Jamaan Kenner had a season-high 11 points, and Denzell Erves scored 10. Joseph
had nine points and led Xavier in the extra period with four.
"The game probably shouldn't have gone to overtime," XU coach Dannton
Jackson said. "But any win on the road in overtime is great. Hopefully those five extra minutes
gave us a little more experience and will help us get a little better."
Xavier trailed once in the final 14 minutes — when George
Gray's 3-pointer gave Florida Memorial a 48-47 advantage with 7:34 remaining in
regulation — and appeared to regain momentum when Simmons and Nick Haywood combined
for all the points in an 8-0 response which took less than a minute. But FMU gained
five XU turnovers thereafter and sent the game into overtime when Gray's basket beat
the buzzer in regulation.
Gray scored a season-high 27 points. Matthew Rolle had 17
points and 10 rebounds, and La Dante Berry-White scored a career-best 13.
It was the second time in three games the XU men played overtime.
They lost 95-91 in three OTs at city rival Loyola on Dec. 17. It was the first time in
Jackson's nine seasons that the Gold Rush won on the road in overtime against a non-conference opponent.
Hadnot's double-double was the fifth of his career and his
second in three games. His 15 rebounds were Xavier's most since Kelechi Okoroha
grabbed the same amount at William Carey on Feb. 19, 2009. It was Hadnot's career-best
sixth consecutive game to score in double figures.
"Cordell has been working really hard and came up big with
rebounding today," Jackson said of the senior forward. "His presence down low and his
will to score helped us a lot. It was also good to see Anthony Simmons be productive
on both ends of the court."
Xavier outshot the Lions 43.1 to 41.7 percent from the floor
and outrebounded them 41-28.
Xavier's next game will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the
University of New Orleans in the teams' first meeting since 2000.