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Erves, Simmons lead Gold Rush to victory in Memphis
November 23, 2012

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     MEMPHIS, Tenn. — NAIA No. 19 Xavier University of Louisiana got double-doubles from Denzell Erves and Anthony Simmons in a 75-61 men's basketball victory Friday against Concordia (Ala.) in the Memphis HBCU Classic at Southwest Tennessee Community College.
     Erves had 17 points and 10 rebounds — his sixth double-double of the season and his third in a row — and Simmons produced his second double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.
     Wanto Joseph had 14 points and five assists for the Gold Rush (7-1), and Xavier Rogers scored 13.
     Zannie Pickens had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Concordia, and Travis Rasco scored 10.
     Erves had 11 points and seven rebounds and assisted on Joseph's 3-pointer which gave Xavier a 33-22 halftime lead. Xavier led by double digits for the final 15:09 and four times held a 19-point lead in the final 10 minutes.
     Xavier outshot the Hornets 55.4 to 39.7 percent from the floor — 51.9 to 27.3 percent in the first half — and outrebounded them 39-27. It was the third time this season the XU men shot 50 percent or higher and the sixth time they had a double-figure rebound advantage. It was the fewest points Xavier allowed this season.
     It's the seventh time in Dannton Jackson's 10 seasons that the Gold Rush started the season 7-1 or better. Friday was Jackson's 300th game as XU head coach; his record is 209-91.
     In the other Friday games in this event, Wiley defeated SUNO 71-66 in overtime, and Texas College beat Harris-Stowe 71-62.
     Xavier will play Wiley (5-1) in the Memphis HBCU Classic at 2 p.m. Saturday. A week ago the Gold Rush defeated Wiley 82-77 in overtime during XU's homecoming doubleheader. The next XU home game will be Tuesday.


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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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