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In the Mississippi Valley,
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)
Gold Rush defeat Privateers for the first time since 1974
January 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Simmons scored 13 of his
season-high 17 points in the second half Wednesday to help Xavier University of
Louisiana earn a 79-70 men's basketball victory against the University of
New Orleans at Lakefront Arena.
The Gold Rush (9-4), ranked 21st in NAIA Division I,
handed the Privateers (9-8) their fourth consecutive defeat and beat them
for the first time since 1974. It was the teams' first meeting since 2000 and sixth
Simmons scored seven points during a 9-2 run which
erased UNO's only second-half lead. Simmons' basket and free throw with 9:36 remaining
put Xavier ahead to stay, 52-49.
But Xavier did not seal the victory until it made 6-of-6
free throws in the final 46 seconds.
Five XU players scored in double figures.
Wanto Joseph had 14 points, six assists and zero turnovers. Chris Iles and
Jamaan Kenner scored 12 points apiece, and Cordell Hadnot had 10 points and
Max Banchy scored 16 points and made 5-of-6 3-pointers
for UNO, an NCAA Division I independent which is transitioning to Division II.
Brandon Knight had 14 points and six assists. Lovell Cook scored 13 points and Antonio Holmes 11.
Banchy's 3-pointer with 11:15 remaining gave the Privateers
a 49-47 lead. UNO also led 23-22 and 25-24 before Xavier rallied
for a 31-30 halftime advantage.
Kenner, a senior guard, scored 11 points in the final nine minutes to
produce a season high and reach double figures in consecutive games for the first
time in his career. Hadnot scored in double figures for the seventh straight
game, a personal best, and Iles led the Rush with a career-best eight rebounds.
Xavier shot 52.7 percent from the floor and 80 percent from
the line, both season highs, and outrebounded the Privateers 37-29. UNO shot 43.1 percent
and made a season-high 11 3-pointers in 21 attempts.
The Gold Rush will play its Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
opener at noon Saturday against Philander Smith in Little Rock, Ark.
Philander Smith, in its first GCAC season, already has victories against
defending GCAC Tournament champion Tougaloo and NCAA D-I Central
NOTES: It's the first time in
nearly 40 years that Xavier earned victories against NCAA D-I opponents in
consecutive seasons. The Gold Rush won at Southern a year ago . . . UNO leads the series 4-2 . . . The teams
will meet again at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 at The Barn . . . It was Xavier's fifth of six consecutive
road games . . . XU junior guard Nick Haywood made 2-of-2 free throws
and has made 24 straight during the past nine games . . .