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Gold Rush lead wire-to-wire in 54-34 victory at Dillard
January 26, 2013

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     NEW ORLEANS —: Anthony Simmons scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday to lead NAIA No. 11 Xavier University of Louisiana to a 54-34 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory against Dillard at Dent Hall.
     The Gold Rush (18-4 overall, 6-1 GCAC) won for sixth time in seven games and remained in a first-place tie with Philander Smith, which won in double overtime at Fisk. Xavier is 9-1 on the road this season.
     Simmons, the reigning GCAC Player of the Week, was 7-of-9 from the floor and one of three Xavier players in double figures. Denzell Erves had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Wanto Joseph had 12 points, five rebounds and a career-high six steals.
     Xavier scored the first eight points and never trailed. Joseph converted consecutive steals into layups in the final 75 seconds of the first half to give Xavier a 28-16 lead at halftime.
     Tyrone Williams led Dillard (2-14, 1-6) with nine points.
     Xavier outshot the Blue Devils 44.2 to 37.8 percent from the floor and outrebounded them 30-15.
     Xavier defeated its longtime HBCU, conference and city rival for the seventh consecutive time and the 14th time in the last 15 meetings. Xavier is 9-0 at Dillard since 2001. Xavier allowed its fewest points in a road game since resuming its program in the 1967-68 season.
     Dillard has lost 52 of its last 56 games overall.
     The teams will meet again Feb. 23 at XU's Convocation Center. Xavier's next game will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Mobile, and the next Gold Rush home game will start at noon next Saturday against Talladega.


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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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