Wednesday, February 10, 2016

XU's Wright wins third GCAC weekly award of the season

NEW ORLEANS — Morris Wright, the leading scorer for Xavier University of Louisiana in a pair of victories against city rivals, is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball for Feb. 1-7.
This is the second consecutive season that Wright — a 5-foot-10 senior guard from Zachary, La., and a former Zachary High School and Baton Rouge Community College standout — has been honored three times.
Wright averaged 22.5 points and shot 50 percent from the floor. He had 25 points and a season-high-tying four steals in a 59-50 victory at SUNO, then scored a game-high 20 points — he was scoreless the first 12 minutes — and made back-to-back 3-pointers in the final four minutes in the Gold Rush's 69-61 home victory against Dillard.    

Wright led Xavier in scoring 26 times in the last 28 games, has scored in double figures in each of the last 33 games and made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 32 games. Wright has 1,411 career points and ranks 11th at Xavier. He started the season in 33rd place. Wright's 12 20-point games in 2015-16 are the most in a season by an XU player in the last nine seasons. Wright has 77 made 3-pointers in 2015-16 — that's No. 3 on Xavier's all-time season list.

For the season, Wright is averaging 19.4 points per game and ranks 16th in NAIA Division I.
Wright finished third in voting for Louisiana Player of the Week, an honor sponsored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Xavier (17-8) will play NAIA No. 15 William Carey (16-8), winner of its last 11 games, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at XU's Convocation Center.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information

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