Gold Rush lose exhibition by 12 against Ragin’ Cajuns
LAFAYETTE, La. — Rayshawn Mart, Makye Richard and TJ Jones combined for nearly 70 percent of Xavier University of Louisiana’s points Wednesday in an 84-72 men’s basketball loss against Louisiana-Lafayette.
NAIA member XULA counted the game as an exhibition, but the Ragin’ Cajuns of NCAA Division I did not and improved their season record to 3-0.
Mart scored 21 points, Richard 16 and Jones 13. It was a homecoming for Jones, who lives in nearby Opelousas and prepped at Lafayette Christian Academy, and Corey Dunning, a Lafayette resident and Lafayette High School graduate.
Dunning had five points, five rebounds, two assists and a block. Cameron Wells was XULA’s rebound leader with six.
Jordan Brown scored 18 points, Theo Akwuba and Jalen Dalcourt scored 13 apiece, and Greg Williams had 10 for the Cajuns. Akwuba grabbed eight rebounds.
It was the ninth game, including two exhibitions, in 28 days for XULA to open the season. But the Gold Rush have no more games this month. The next opponent will be Crowley’s Ridge at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Convocation Center.
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