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Faulkner beats Rush in matchup of ranked NAIA teams
December 19, 2013

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     MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Xavier University of Louisiana, down three points twice in the final four minutes, lost 62-53 to Faulkner on Thursday in a matchup of ranked NAIA Division I men's basketball teams.
     Xavier Rogers scored 17 points for the Gold Rush, ranked 25th, and Sydney Coleman and Wesley Pluviose-Philip scored nine apiece. Pluviose-Philip grabbed eight rebounds.
     Jake Mitchell scored 15 points and Stephen Strachan 14 for 17th-ranked Faulkner, and Cyrille Sandjon had nine rebounds.
     Both teams are 9-4.
     Xavier trailed 53-43 after Strachan's basket with eight minutes remaining, but the Gold Rush closed the gap to 54-51 on Morris Wright's basket with 3:52 remaining. Faulkner followed with a turnover, but Xavier missed a 2-pointer.
     It was 56-53 after a Rogers basket with 1:53 remaining, but the Gold Rush turned it over after another defensive stop. Faulkner then outscored Xavier 6-0 in the final minute, all on free throws.
     A Rogers basket at 4:52 of the first half gave Xavier its final lead, 24-22. Faulkner led 35-29 at halftime and did not lose its lead in the second half.
     Both teams shot less than 40 percent from the floor. Faulkner made 25-of-33 free throws — 19-of-24 in the second half — and Xavier made 16-of-28. Faulkner outrebounded Xavier 40-30.
     It was the final game before Christmas for the XU men, whose next game will start at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Belhaven. The next Gold Rush home game will be Jan. 11 against SUNO.


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National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
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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