Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Joseph is GCAC Player of Week for 2nd time this season

Wanto Joseph
NEW ORLEANS — For the second time this season, Xavier University of Louisiana's Wanto Joseph is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball.

Joseph, a 5-foot-9 senior guard from New Orleans and a graduate of O. Perry Walker High School, won the award for Dec. 3-9 after scoring a career-high-tying 26 points in a 77-67 loss to city rival Loyola. Joseph played 33 minutes and was 9-of-17 from the floor — the fifth consecutive game he shot better than 50 percent — 1-of-3 on 3-pointers and 7-of-8 on free throws. He also led the Gold Rush with five rebounds and five assists.

Joseph is one of six XU men since the start of the 2003-04 season to reach 25 points at least twice in one season. Timothy Green tops that list with four 25-point performances. Mark Stewart did it three times in 2006-07.

Through Monday's games, Joseph ranks 11th in NAIA Division I in assists per game (5.7), 31st in field-goal percentage (.555), 36th in points per game (17.5) and 45th in free-throw percentage (.803).

Xavier, 9-2 and 16th in the NAIA coaches poll announced Tuesday, will play Martin Methodist at 5 p.m. Friday and Voorhees at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Spring Hill Classic at Mobile, Ala.

By Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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