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Gold Rush defeat Belhaven 64-55 in overtime
December 30, 2013

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     JACKSON, Miss. — Morris Wright scored 20 points Monday, and Wesley Pluviose-Philip had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds in Xavier University of Louisiana's 64-55 overtime men's basketball victory against Belhaven.
     The Gold Rush (10-4), ranked 25th in NAIA Division I, won for the fifth time in six games. Xavier has won both its overtime games this season.
     Wright's layup with 54 seconds remaining in regulation tied the score at 54 and forced overtime. Xavier outscored the Blazers 10-1 in the extra period, with Wright and Lucas Martin-Julien collecting four points apiece. The Gold Rush scored the first eight points of overtime, and the Blazers scored their lone point on a free throw with 32 seconds remaining.
     Wright scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and reached 20 points for the second time. The double-double was the first at Xavier for Pluviose-Philip, a redshirt freshman. It was the first time that Pluviose-Philip scored in double figures.
     Sydney Coleman had 14 points and six rebounds for the Gold Rush. Coleman scored in double figures for a team-leading 12th time this season.
     Jordan Bedford had 15 points and 10 points for Belhaven (4-7), and Datodrick Pinkston scored 12 points.
     Xavier trailed 12-3 through 6 minutes before rallying for a halftime tie at 25. Wright made 3-of-4 3-pointers in the first half.
     Xavier will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for a 5 p.m. game Saturday at Fisk. It will be the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener for both. Xavier is the two-time defending GCAC regular-season champion.


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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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