2nd-ranked LSUA shoots past Gold Rush

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NEW ORLEANS — Brandon Moss, one of five LSU-Alexandria players to score in double figures, had 16 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday in an 80-65 men’s basketball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana at the Convocation Center.

The Generals (4-2), ranked second in the NAIA, gave XULA (6-4) its first home loss this season.

Moss made a pair of 3-pointers and had four assists and two blocks. Six other teammates had two or more assists, led by Joseph Feraci with five.

Jordin Williams scored 15 points, William Claiborne 13, Shannon James 11 and Evan Smith 10 for LSUA. Williams was 6-of-7 from the floor.

Rayshawn Mart scored a career-high 17 points for the Gold Rush. The freshman also had nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers in nearly 33 minutes. Jeff Dixon had 15 points, six assists and a career-best eight rebounds, and Virgil Davison scored 13.

After Mart passed to Dixon for the first two points, the Generals scored 10 in a row and led the remainder of the game. LSUA led 41-34 at halftime and took its biggest lead, 61-40, on Anthony Stove’s basket with 12:33 remaining.

LSUA shot a season-best 56.7 from the floor and topped 50 percent for the third consecutive game. The Gold Rush shot 41.5 percent. LSUA had a 39-31 rebound advantage, and both teams blocked six shots. XULA’s 13 fouls and 10 turnovers were season lows.

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