Xavier, NO 72, Southern U. 58

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)—Michael Harvey scored a season-high 20 points and Xavier (N.O.), a NAIA program, never trailed in a 72-58 victory over Southern University on Monday night.

Anthony Simmons added 14 points for the Gold Rush (12-0), who are No. 9 in NAIA Division I. Xavier shot 50 percent from the field (23 of 46), 85.7 percent from the free-throw line (18 of 21) and outrebounded the Jaguars 41-29.

Jamann Kenner hit a 3-pointer to give the Gold Rush a 12-2 lead with 15:46 left in the first half. Xavier extended the margin to 28-13 on Harvey’s dunk with 6:25 left before halftime.

Southern (1-9) cut the lead to 47-43 on Blake Sanford’s jumper with 11:17 to play, but the Gold Rush pushed the lead to 53-43 on Devin Andrew’s 3-pointer with 7:58 left.

Andrew finished with 10 points.

Jameel Grace scored 15 points, Julius Ingram added 11 and Brandon White had 10 for Southern, which has lost seven straight.

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