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Gold Rush lose 83-72 conference game at SUNO
February 8, 2014

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     NEW ORLEANS — NAIA No. 11 Xavier University of Louisiana lost 83-72 to SUNO in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball Saturday.
     Broc Willis scored 21 points and Merlin Walker a season-high 20 for the Knights (12-9, 4-5), who defeated the Gold Rush (18-6, 7-2) at The Castle for the first time since 2004.
     Xavier still has the GCAC's best conference record. The Gold Rush are a half-game better than 6-2 Edward Waters and a game ahead of 5-2 Talladega.
     Morris Wright scored 19 points and Lucas Martin-Julien 13 for Xavier, and Sydney Coleman and Anthony Goode had 12 apiece. Coleman led the Gold Rush with six rebounds.
     SUNO led 33-32 at halftime and never trailed in the second half. After Goode's basket tied the score at 40 with 15 minutes remaining, the Knights made three 3-pointers in an 18-4 run during the next seven minutes.
     SUNO outshot Xavier 51 to 43.1 percent from the floor. The Knights made 23-of-25 free throws — 19-of-21 in the second half — and the Gold Rush made 16-of-20. Both teams made five first-half 3-pointers — Wright was 3-of-3 in the first seven minutes — but SUNO finished 8-of-15 to Xavier's 6-of-16.
     It was Xavier's first road defeat since Dec. 19. The Gold Rush had won five straight on the road, four in conference.
     The Knights gained a regular-season split with the Gold Rush, and SUNO got its first doubleheader sweep of Xavier since 2002. The Lady Knights defeated the Gold Nuggets 61-56 in the opening game.
     The next two Gold Rush games will be against ranked NAIA teams — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at No. 5 William Carey and 7:30 p.m. at home on Feb. 17 against No. 17 Philander Smith.


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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