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Gold Nuggets win at Tougaloo after trailing by 14
February 1, 2014

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     TOUGALOO, Miss. — Amara Person-Hampton's basket with 49 seconds remaining Saturday lifted NAIA No. 23 Xavier University of Louisiana to a 66-65 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball victory against Tougaloo.
     The Gold Nuggets (17-6, 7-0) have won five straight and 13 of their last 14 games.
     Tougaloo (7-12, 1-6) scored its final points on Chasity Kearney's basket for a 65-62 lead with 2:43 remaining. But the Lady Bulldogs missed their final six field-goal attempts.
     Whitney Gathright's two free throws with 1:26 remaining cut Tougaloo's lead to 65-64, then Gathright passed to Person-Hampton for the winning basket after a Kearney missed shot.
     Vinnie Briggs had 20 points and 10 rebounds and was Xavier's only player to score in double figures. Whitney Gaston-Loyd had nine points and five rebounds, and Gathright had eight points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Person-Hampton, a sophomore, was 4-of-6 from the floor and scored a career-best eight points.
     Xavier's Paige Gauthier had seven points and 10 rebounds.
     Kearney had 25 points and 16 rebounds for Tougaloo, and Portia Craft scored 16.
     Tougaloo outscored Xavier 7-0 in the first two minutes and held its biggest lead, 34-20, after Craft made 1-of-2 free throws at 3:27. But the Gold Nuggets trimmed the margin to 38-31 by halftime.
     Xavier's other lead was 60-59 when Gathright made two free throws with 6:14 remaining. The Gold Nuggets led for 77 seconds overall.
     The Gold Nuggets will stay on the road and visit Philander Smith at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Little Rock, Ark.


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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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