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Gold Rush 10-1 on road after 57-53 OT victory at Mobile
January 28, 2013

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     MOBILE, Ala. — Seniors Wanto Joseph, Anthony Simmons and Denzell Erves combined for all but three of Xavier University of Louisiana's points after halftime in a 57-53 overtime men's basketball victory against Mobile on Monday.
     The Gold Rush (19-4), ranked 11th in NAIA Division I, completed a two-game season sweep of the Rams (11-9). Xavier has won eight of its last nine games. The Gold Rush are 10-1 on the road this season.
     Joseph scored 17 points, Simmons 15 and Erves 12 for Xavier, which led 20-18 at halftime but needed a Simmons free throw with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 49 and force overtime.
     Joseph's two free throws at 3:39 of overtime tied the score at 51, then he converted his steal into an assist to Erves for a basket at 2:54 to put the Gold Rush ahead to stay, 53-51.
     Mobile missed two shots in the final 20 seconds which could've tied the score. Erves made two free throws with two seconds remaining to clinch the victory. Xavier is 3-0 in overtime this season, its best mark since going 4-0 in 1992-93.
     Chris Richardson scored 13 points for Mobile, which had dropped three straight, and Julien Sargent had 12 points and eight rebounds.
     Xavier missed all six of its 3-point attempts but outshot Mobile 44.2 to 34 percent from the floor. The Rams had a 36-30 rebound advantage, but Erves grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in his 14th double-double of the season and 21st of his career.
     Xavier has beaten Mobile seven consecutive times — the longest Gold Rush win streak in the series — and 10 of the past 11. Xavier leads the series 32-26.
     Xavier's next game will start at noon Saturday against Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opponent Talladega at XU's new Convocation Center. Xavier and Philander Smith are 6-1 in the GCAC and share first place.


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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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