Monday, November 21, 2016

Gold Rush snap streak, beat Magicians for homecoming

NEW ORLEANS — Senior guard Seth Jackson's career-high four 3-pointers and season-high 23 points led NAIA No. 25 Xavier University of Louisiana to a 77-74 men's basketball homecoming victory against LeMoyne-Owen Saturday.

The Gold Rush (2-4) ended a four-game losing streak.

Jalen David had his first XULA double-double, 18 points and a career-best 10 rebounds. Leland Alexander had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Mike Williams and Donovan Armstrong had nine points apiece. Armstrong's total was a career high.

Justin Street scored 18 points, Rashawn Brown 15, Daaron Maston 14 and Desmond Black 13 for LeMoyne-Owen (0-5), a member of NCAA Division II. Brown grabbed 12 rebounds.

XULA rallied from a 10-point deficit in the 11th minute to take a 40-35 halftime lead. The Magicians took three 1-point leads in the second half before Innocent Kukulu's basket put the Gold Rush ahead to stay, 47-46, with 12:49 remaining.

David's two free throws with nine seconds remaining closed the scoring, then Brown missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

XULA outshot the Magicians 44.8 to 42 percent from the floor and outrebounded them 35-34. Both teams made eight 3-pointers.

XULA will travel to NCAA Division I Southeastern Louisiana for a 7 p.m. Monday game that the Gold Rush will count as an exhibition.


Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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