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Xavier's stellar shooting beats Wiley in HBCU Classic
November 24, 2012

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     MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Denzell Erves scored a season-high 21 points Saturday to lead hot-shooting Xavier University of Louisiana to a 76-61 men's basketball victory against Wiley on the second and final day of the Memphis HBCU Classic at Southwest Tennessee Community College.
     The Gold Rush (8-1) shot 71.1 percent from the floor, XU's best in nearly 200 games. Erves was 8-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line. The accuracy was Xavier's best since a school-record 75.9 percent in a victory against Tougaloo at The Barn on Feb. 5, 2007.
     Wanto Joseph had 16 points, six assists and three steals for Xavier, and Anthony Simmons had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double and third in four games. Reserve forward Olivier Siewe had season highs of seven points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Gary Smith, starting for the second consecutive game, scored a season-high seven points and was 3-of-3 from the floor. Nick Haywood had a career-high-tying six assists.
     Xavier led 16-6 after hitting 8-of-9 from the floor in the first seven minutes. The Gold Rush led 37-19 at halftime — Xavier's largest halftime lead on the road since January 2008 — and took a 43-21 lead on Simmons' two free throws with 17:57 remaining.
     Wiley (5-2), losing to Xavier for the second time in eight days, never came closer than 11 points in the second half. Xavier protected its lead by going 4-of-4 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the line in the final four minutes.
     The five XU starters — Erves, Simmons, Joseph, Smith and Xavier Rogers — shot a combined 77.4 percent (24-of-31) from the floor. The Gold Rush made 20-of-25 free throws and reached 80 percent for the third time this season.
     Erves and Joseph have scored in double figures in every game this season.
     Tayler Jacobs had 18 points, five assists and four steals for Wiley, and Dominic Jones scored 13 points. Wiley shot 38.6 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 36-18 — the seventh time this season Xavier had a double-digit rebound advantage.
     Turnovers were the only downer for the Gold Rush. Xavier committed 30, its most since the start of 2003-04. More extensive records before that season are not available.
     Xavier, which defeated Concordia (Ala.) 75-61 in this event Friday, earned back-to-back victories at a neutral site for the first time since the Loyola Classic in November 2004 and for the first time at a neutral site outside of New Orleans since the Mobile Classic in December 2002.
     Xavier is 8-1 or better though its first nine games for the seventh time in Dannton Jackson's 10 seasons as head coach.
     Xavier will play Mobile (4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at XU's Convocation Center.


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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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