Monday, January 2, 2017

Rush defeated by NCAA Division II's 10th-ranked team

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. — Xavier University of Louisiana, in its sixth game of the men's basketball season against a ranked opponent, lost 96-68 Saturday to Barry.

Leland Alexander scored 11 points, Donovan Armstrong 10 and Seth Jackson nine for the Gold Rush (3-9). Alexander was 5-of-6 from the floor, 4-of-4 in the second half, reached double-figure points for the fifth time this season and had a career-high three steals. Armstrong did not commit a turnover

Continuing his perfect shooting was XULA's Elex Carter, who was 2-of-2 from the floor and is 7-of-7 in the last three games. At 1:42 of the first half, he made the first 3-point attempt of his collegiate career.

The Buccaneers (10-1), No. 10 in the NCAA Division II media rankings and No. 12 in the coaches poll, had five double-figure scorers. Adrian Gonzalez had 17 points, Elvar Fridriksson 14, Arie Williams and Sawyer Glick 12 apiece and Evan Walshe 11. Fridriksson had 10 of Barry's 25 assists.

XULA had runs to start both periods, outscoring Barry 7-2 in the first 3 1/2 minutes and 5-0 to open the second half.

Barry outshot XULA 65.4 to 47.4 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Gold Rush 32-20. XULA had 12 steals, one fewer than its season best, and Carter had three steals to equal his career high.

XULA will stay in Florida to play Concordia (Canada) Monday and Keiser Tuesday in Keiser's Chuck Daly Classic at West Palm Beach. Starting time both days will be 7 p.m. EST. The next Gold Rush home game will start at 5 p.m. Saturday against Tougaloo in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener at the Convocation Center.


Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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