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Tigers roar past Gold Rush, 80-45, in exhibition game
November 6, 2013

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     BATON ROUGE, La. — Senior guard Andre Stringer made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points Wednesday to lead LSU to an 80-45 men's basketball exhibition victory against Xavier University of Louisiana.
     The Tigers, projected as an NCAA Tournament No. 9 seed by CBSSports.com, scored 16 unanswered points to erase the 6-4 lead of the Gold Rush, ranked 19th in NAIA Division I.
     Stringer had 11 points and three 3-pointers in each half.
     Jordan Mickey scored 12 points and blocked eight shots, Jarell Martin scored 11 and Malik Morgan scored 10 for LSU. Johnny O'Bryant had nine points — he was 3-of-3 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line — and grabbed 11 rebounds.
     Sydney Coleman scored Xavier's first six points and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Wesley Pluviose-Philip and Morris Wright scored nine apiece. Pluviose was 4-of-4 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds.
     LSU outshot Xavier 46.8 to 25 percent from the floor and had advantages of 13-1 in 3-pointers made, 24-2 in assists, 12-1 in blocked shots and 6-0 in dunks. The Tigers and Gold Rush had 16 turnovers apiece and 21 personal fouls apiece.
     LSU led 42-11 at halftime and took its biggest lead, 66-25, on Martin's dunk with 9:51 remaining.
     "LSU is just long," XU coach Dannton Jackson said. "Their length caused us a lot of problems, and their athleticism caused us a lot of problems. They got a chance to go out there and transition, and they did a great job on the boards."
     It was the first-ever meeting between LSU and Xavier in men's basketball and the only exhibition this season for either team. Xavier won its regular-season opener Friday.
     "This was a great game for us at our state's flagship school," Jackson said. "Great atmosphere, great fan base and we enjoyed every minute of it."
     Xavier will play at 2 p.m. Saturday against Albany State at the Convocation Center. It'll be a doubleheader that day; the XU women will play their home opener at 4 p.m. against Spring Hill.


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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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