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Joseph scores career-high 26 to help Rush move to 5-0
November 13, 2012

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     NEW ORLEANS — Wanto Joseph, the reigning Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week, scored a career-high 26 points Tuesday to lead NAIA No. 19 Xavier University to a 73-67 men's basketball victory against Loyola at The Den.
     The Gold Rush are 5-0 for the sixth time in Dannton Jackson's 10 seasons as head coach. Loyola (2-2) dropped its second in a row, both at home against city rivals. The Wolf Pack lost 78-70 Saturday to SUNO.
     Joseph — a 5-foot-9 senior guard whose previous best was 18 points as a sophomore — was 10-of-16 from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the line in 36 minutes. He had four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
     Denzell Erves had a season-high 16 points and a career-high four assists for Xavier, and Nick Haywood scored 12. Anthony Simmons had nine points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
     McCall Tomeny scored 19 points for Loyola, and Kyle Simmons, Mason Ibert and Robert Lovaglio scored 13 apiece.
     Six players scored during a 15-0 run which gave Xavier a 27-17 lead at 7:09 of the first half. The Gold Rush led 36-33 at halftime.
     Joseph scored 20 points in the second half, and his 3-pointer with 13:38 remaining put Xavier ahead to stay, 50-48. The Gold Rush had a pair of 10-point leads in the second half, the last after Joseph's basket made it 66-56 with 5:44 remaining.
     The Gold Rush preserved the victory by making 7-of-8 free throws in the final 36 seconds.
     Xavier, playing for the first time on the road this season, outshot Loyola 53.2 to 47.7 percent from the floor. Xavier had a 33-20 rebound advantage — the fourth time this season the margin was in double figures — and shot a season-best 85.7 percent from the line.
     Joseph, Erves and Haywood have scored in double figures in every game this season.
     Xavier leads the series 30-6 and won for the first time since a two-game Loyola sweep last season.
     The Gold Rush will play Wiley for homecoming at 2 p.m. Saturday at XU's new Convocation Center.
     NOTES:  Joseph is the first XU player under 6 feet to score 25 or more points since 5-11 Shaun Dumas scored 28 against Tougaloo on Jan. 15, 2009 . . . The Gold Rush shot 80.4 percent from the line during the past three games (78-of-97) . . . Jackson will be the guest on the Fox 8 (WVUE-TV) morning news show at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

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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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