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12th-ranked Gold Rush lose to 4th-ranked Crusaders
February 11, 2014

Box score

     HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Xavier University of Louisiana lost 81-58 to William Carey in a matchup of ranked NAIA Division I men's basketball teams Tuesday.
     Daron Bell scored 26 points for the fourth-ranked Crusaders (18-2), who have a 12-game win streak. Sydney Coleman produced his seventh double-double of the season, 17 points and 12 rebounds, for the 12th-ranked Gold Rush (18-7).
     Coleman scored eight points, and Morris Wright made four technical free throws to spark Xavier to a 14-7 lead through 6 minutes. But William Carey scored the next 10 points, led 32-27 at halftime and never lost its lead in the second half.
     Xavier trimmed a 13-point deficit to seven, 61-54, on Coleman's basket with 5:35 remaining, but the Crusaders ended the game on a 20-4 run.
     Kelvin Nixon scored 19 points, Donovan Walker 13 and Jeremiah Dunnings 10 for the Crusaders, who earned a regular-season split with Xavier. The Gold Rush won 90-80 in overtime Dec. 3.
     Anthony Goode scored 14 points for Xavier, and Lucas Martin-Julien and Xavier Rogers had eight points apiece. Goode and Martin-Julien each had four assists, and Martin-Julien had six rebounds and two steals.
     William Carey outshot Xavier 43.6 to 36.2 percent from the floor and had the advantage in free throws, making 29-of-35 to XU's 14-of-24. In the second half, the Crusaders shot 54.2 percent from the floor and made 21-of-23 free throws.
     Xavier's next game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Monday at XU's Convocation Center against another ranked opponent, No. 24 Philander Smith. Xavier defeated the Panthers 83-78 on Feb. 3.


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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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