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Rush take free ride to beat Tuskegee in Big Easy Classic
November 10, 2012

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     NEW ORLEANS — Wanto Joseph made all 10 of his free throws in the final four minutes Saturday to help NAIA No. 19 Xavier University of Louisiana rally for a 78-70 victory against Tuskegee in the final game of the Big Easy Classic at XU's Convocation Center.
     The Gold Rush (4-0), the only team to win both games in this event, outscored Tuskegee 29-9 in the final 12:04 after trailing 61-49. Xavier made 20-of-22 free throws during the comeback and 33-of-43 in the game.
     Joseph, who scored one point in the first half, finished with 15 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. Denzell Erves scored 13 points, Nick Haywood 12, Xavier Rogers 11 and Renard Smith 10 for the Gold Rush. Erves led Xavier with eight rebounds, but his three-game streak of double-doubles ended.
     Javier McKinney scored 22 points, including 5-of-7 3-pointers, for Tuskegee, which was 1-1 in this event but counted both games as exhibitions. Calvin Thomas had 17 points, five assists, two blocked shots and three steals, and David Alexander scored 10 points.
     Smith's two free throws at 9:32 gave Xavier its biggest lead, 24-13, but Tuskegee rallied to tie the score at 36 by halftime.
     Joseph finished 12-of-14 at the line and made the most free throws by an XU player since Kelechi Okoroha's 16 at home against LSU-Shreveport on Feb. 7, 2009.
     Xavier, an NAIA member, has two victories this season against NCAA Division II opponents. The other was against Morehouse in Xavier's first game in its new home arena one week ago.
     Xavier is 4-0 for the ninth time in 10 seasons. It's the first time since the 1991-92 season that Xavier scored at least 75 points in each of its first four games.
     Jarvis Christian made nine first-half 3-pointers in a 94-87 victory against Spring Hill in the first game Saturday.
     Xavier will visit city rival Loyola in a 7 p.m. game Tuesday, then return home to play Wiley for homecoming at 2 p.m. next Saturday.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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