Monday, February 29, 2016

Rush to meet Tougaloo in GCAC tourney at 2 p.m. Friday

GCAC Tournament website

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball will take another shot at Tougaloo in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Tip-off will be 2 p.m. Friday at Dillard's Dent Hall.
The GCAC announced the schedule Sunday. The GCAC Tournament offers free admission at all games for students of GCAC schools with a valid school ID. All other tickets will cost $5. This is the third consecutive year that New Orleans plays host to the GCAC Tournament.
The Gold Rush (19-11) tied for third place in the regular-season standings at 6-6 but are seeded fourth. Tougaloo (13-11, 5-7) is seeded fifth.
Xavier won its last 10 meetings against Tougaloo, two this season, and shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of the last six meetings. The Gold Rush defeated the Bulldogs 83-75 at Xavier Jan. 18, then got a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Seth Jackson in an 84-81 victory at Tougaloo this past Monday.
Xavier defeated Tougaloo 85-72 in the 2015 GCAC Tournament semifinals.
All three Friday men's games will be played at Dillard. Third-seeded Philander Smith will play sixth-seeded Edward Waters at noon, and second-seeded Dillard will play seventh-seeded SUNO at 5 p.m.
All women's and men's tournament games Saturday and Sunday will be played at XU's Convocation Center. The Xavier-Tougaloo winner will meet top-seeded Talladega, which has a first-round bye, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The championship game will start at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
The tournament winner will earn an automatic berth to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship March 16-22 at Kansas City, Mo. Talladega defeated Xavier 76-58 in the 2015 GCAC tourney final at Xavier.
The Gold Rush qualified for nationals each of the past five seasons.


Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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