Friday, November 11, 2016
No. 5 Generals march past No. 25 Gold Rush, 87-70
NEW ORLEANS — Brian Sylvester,, Brandon Ellis and Jordin Williams scored 13 points apiece Wednesday to lead LSU-Alexandria to an 87-70 victory against Xavier University of Louisiana in a matchup of ranked NAIA Division I men's basketball teams.
The Generals (3-0), ranked fifth, led by double digits for the final 26 minutes.
LSUA had five double-figure scorers. Brandon Moss scored 12 points, and Hayward Register had 11. Sylvester blocked five shots, and Moss and Gilbert Talbot grabbed eight rebounds apiece.
Jalen David scored 22 points and Mike Williams 15, both career highs, for the 25th-ranked Gold Rush (1-2).
LSUA, which never trailed, did not allow a point the first 5:45 and led 49-22 at halftime. A Moss basket with 9:25 remaining gave the Generals their biggest lead, 71-36.
XULA, with David notching 12 points and Innocent Kukulu eight, outscored LSUA 48-38 in the second half — 34-16 in the final 8 1/2 minutes.
The Generals outshot XULA 47.3 to 41 percent from the floor and made 25-of-28 free throws to XULA's 15-of-20. LSUA had 22 assists on 26 baskets.
It was the first meeting between the schools. LSUA is a third-year program which was ranked No. 1 in the NAIA for five consecutive weeks last season. The teams will meet again Nov. 29 at LSUA.
XULA will visit Jackson State of NCAA Division I at 12:15 p.m. Friday — it will be an exhibition for the Gold Rush and the regular-season opener for the Tigers — then visit NAIA No. 10 William Carey at 6 p.m. Saturday. The next Gold Rush home game will start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against city rival Loyola.
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA