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Gold Rush defense dominates in 29-point victory at Fisk
January 4, 2014

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     NASHVILLE, Tenn. — RJ Daniels scored 15 points, and NAIA No. 25 Xavier University of Louisiana limited Fisk to 21.8 percent from the floor in a 75-46 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory Saturday.
     Xavier (11-4) allowed its fewest points ever in a GCAC opener. The field-goal percentage defense was Xavier's best in a road game since the start of the 2003-04 season and its best in a conference game since 2010.
     It was the fourth time this season a Gold Rush opponent shot less than 30 percent. Xavier entered the game No. 2 in NAIA Division I in field-goal percentage defense.
     Sydney Coleman had 14 points and a season-high three blocks for the Gold Rush, and Xavier Rogers produced 11 points, a career-high eight rebounds and a career-high-tying four steals. Gary Smith had a career-high tying five assists and no turnovers.
     Xavier led 38-19 at halftime — its largest on the road since 2008 — and by 35 points twice in the final two minutes. The Gold Rush never trailed and outscored the Bulldogs 12-2 in the first five minutes.
     Daniels scored in double figures for the first time in six games and the sixth time this season. He grabbed a career-best seven rebounds. Coleman reached double figures for a team-leading 13th time.
     Austin Watkins had 22 points, nine rebounds and five steals for Fisk, which was 2-0 against Xavier a year ago, and Nathan Mungo scored 10. Watkins scored 15 first-half points, but his teammates were a combined 1-of-18 from the floor in that period.
     The Gold Rush shot 50.9 percent from the floor and made six 3-pointers. Xavier has won six of its last seven games, including 4-of-5 on the road.
     Xavier will travel to Denmark, S.C., to play first-year GCAC member Voorhees at 7:30 p.m. EST Monday. The next Gold Rush home game will start at 5 p.m. Saturday against conference and city rival SUNO at the Convocation Center.


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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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