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Gold Rush use final-minute surge to prevail at Tougaloo
February 1, 2014

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     TOUGALOO, Miss. — Anthony Goode and RJ Daniels combined for six points in the final minute Saturday to help NAIA No. 13 Xavier University of Louisiana earn a 74-69 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory against Tougaloo.
     It was the eighth victory in the last nine games for the Gold Rush (17-5, 6-1) and the fourth in a row on the road.
     Xavier trailed by 10 points in each half but did not trail in the final 3:22. After Marcus Harper of Tougaloo (6-16, 2-5) made two free throws for a tie at 68 with 1:16 remaining, Xavier outscored the Bulldogs 6-1.
     Goode — who scored all nine of his points in the final 6:17 — made a basket with 48 seconds remaining to put Xavier ahead to stay. Gary Love made 1-of-2 free throws for Tougaloo, then Daniels made it 72-69 with a basket with 15 seconds remaining.
     Cordaryl Campbell missed a 3-pointer for Tougaloo with three seconds remaining. Goode rebounded, was fouled and made two free throws to close the scoring.
     Sydney Coleman had 17 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, the most by a Gold Rush player since the start of the 2003-04 season. The double-double was his sixth of the season. Lucas Martin-Julien scored a career-best 16 points — he made 10-of-11 free throws — and Daniels scored 12.
     Campbell scored 21 points, Love 14 and Harper 13 for the Bulldogs.
     Denzel Hardy's basket capped a 17-3 run and gave Tougaloo a 38-28 lead at 1:06 of the first half, but Morris Wright passed to Coleman for a basket, then hit a 3-pointer at the close of the half to cut the Bulldogs' advantage to 39-33.
     Tougaloo led 44-34 after the first 90 seconds of the second half, but Martin-Julien scored the next seven points to move Xavier back in contention.
     Xavier shot 44.9 percent from the floor, made 28-of-36 free throws — 19-of-22 in the second half — and outrebounded the Bulldogs 47-19. Goode and Daniels grabbed six rebounds apiece.
     The Gold Nuggets will stay on the road and visit NAIA No. 20 Philander Smith at 7:30 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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