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Talladega edges Rush in matchup of ranked NAIA teams
January 20, 2014

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     NEW ORLEANS — Elijah Jones made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds of overtime Monday to lift Talladega to a 93-90 men's basketball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana in a matchup of ranked NAIA Division I teams.
     The Tornadoes (18-2, 4-0 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference), ranked eighth, won their eighth in a row and snapped the six-game win streak of the Gold Rush (15-5, 4-1), ranked 22nd.
     Xavier's Lucas Martin-Julien made 1-of-2 free throws with 42 seconds remaining to tie the score at 90. Jones made 1-of-2 for a 91-90 Talladega advantage with 29 seconds to play. Xavier's Anthony Goode then missed a driving shot in the lane, and Talladega rebounded. Jones made two free throws to complete the scoring with two seconds to play.
     Both teams had five double-figure scorers. Brandon Peters scored 21 points, Charles Winborne 19, Roman Vaughn 18, Shondel Stewart 15 and Jones 14 for Talladega. For Xavier, Anthony Goode scored a season-high 25 points, Xavier Rogers 16 and Sydney Coleman 14. Martin-Julien and RJ Daniels scored 11 points apiece.
     Stewart scored 15 points and Peters 12 to help Talladega take a 46-38 halftime lead. The Gold Rush trailed by five with 39 seconds in regulation but forced overtime on Rogers' 4-point play with 14 seconds to play.
     Talladega outshot Xavier 50 to 39.1 percent from the floor. Coleman and Daniels grabbed eight rebounds apiece to help the Rush earn a 37-34 advantage.
     Xavier's next game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday against longtime rival Dillard in the Crosstown Classic at XU's Convocation Center.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

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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