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Xavier Sweeps Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic

Friday, February 19, 2010

For the second year in a row, Xavier University swept the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic as the Gold Rush men topped Dillard, 77-74, in overtime, and the Gold Nuggets women won 65-49, on Saturday night at The Barn, Xavier's home gym. The Xavier women are ranked No. 21 in the nation in the NAIA ranks.

In the men's game, Xavier (16-12 overall, 7-9 GCAC) escaped with a key Gulf Coast Athletic Conference victory in overtime as Devin Andrew's three-pointer with 31 seconds remaining in overtime lifted Xavier to the 77-74 win over Dillard.

Andrew, who finished with 14 points, made his three-pointer from the left corner to give Xavier a 75-72 lead and cap an 8-1 run. Kevin Miller, a freshman from Baton Rouge and Catholic High, made two free throws for the Rush with 7.9 seconds remaining for the final points. James Burkes missed a three-pointer for Dillard on the final possession.

Ryan DeRousselle led Xavier with a career-high 19 points, including 15 scored after halftime. Jamaan Kenner and Dannie Woods added 12 points apiece for Xavier. Woods reached double figures for the second straight game after missing 12 consecutive games due to injury. Mico Sjekloca scored 24 points for the Bleu Devils, and Burkes had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Sjekloca's 3-point play with 5.8 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 64, then Andrew missed from 30 feet as the period expired. Xavier outshot Dillard 57.8 to 43.3 percent from the floor.

Xavier leads the series with Dillard, its city, conference and HBCU rival, 72-47. The Rush won 10 of the last 11 meetings and 13 of the last 15. Xavier is 4-0 in overtime against Dillard in the last five seasons.

In women's action, Jasmine Grant made five 3-pointers to tie her career high and scored 17 points to lead Xavier to the 65-49 victory over Dillard. Brittany Powell added 16 points and a career-best five assists for the Gold Nuggets (23-5 overall, 16-0 GCAC). Jazzmin Smith scored 17 points and Lauren Daniel 12 for Dillard (10-16, 3-13).

Xavier led 25-23 at halftime, then pulled away with a 13-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half. Grant capped the burst with her fourth 3-pointer.

The Nuggets, who lead NAIA Division I in scoring defense, allowed less than 50 points for the eighth time in their last nine games.

Xavier leads the series with Dillard, its city, conference and HBCU rival, 52-19. The Nuggets have won 11 of the last 12 meetings and 33 of the last 39.

The historic rivalry between the two schools began on Jan. 17, 1948 when the men's basketball teams clashed on the hardwood. This year's meeting with be the 117th in history between the Gold Rush and the Blue Devils. Xavier and Dillard first met in women's basketball action during the 1977-78 season. The Gold Nuggets and Lady Blue Devils have played 68 times.


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