Xavier University of Louisiana men down LSU-Shreveport in twinbill nightcap Monday

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Men’s Basketball
Jordan DeCuir and Jalen Brooks scored 22 points apiece Monday to lead NAIA No. 23 LSU-Shreveport to a wire-to-wire 76-70 Red River Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana at the Convocation Center in New Orleans.

The Pilots (14-4 overall, 8-2 RRAC) moved into a first-place tie in the league with Texas A&M-Texarkana, which was idle. The Gold Rush (10-6, 6-4) remained in third place.

Xavier Reaves grabbed 15 rebounds – the most in a game by a XULA player this season – and scored 18 points. Lance Williams scored a season-high 17 points for the Gold Rush, and Cory Wells had 11.

LSUS led 42-32 at halftime and pulled away after XULA cut the Pilots’ lead to 49-48 in the 28th minute.

Next for XULA will be Dillard at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Crosstown Classic at the Convocation Center.

Women’s Basketball
LSU-Shreveport outscored Xavier University of Louisiana in each of the final three quarters Monday to earn a 71-63 Red River Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory at the Convocation Center in New Orleans.

Tiarra Tillison scored 13 points, Derrica Gilbert 12 and Alona Washington 11 for the Pilots (14-4 overall, 8-2 RRAC). Washington had five rebounds and six assists.

Shylia McGee and Nia Bishop scored 16 points apiece for the Gold Nuggets (10-7, 5-5), and Abryhia Irons had 12. McGee grabbed six rebounds, and Bishop had six assists and four steals.

The teams were tied at 18 after one quarter. LSUS led 33-30 at halftime and 54-48 through three quarters.

The Pilots outshot the Gold Nuggets 48.2 to 40.8 percent from the floor and outrebounded them 34-27.

XULA lost for the sixth time in nine games after a 7-1 start. Next for the Gold Nuggets will be Dillard at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Crosstown Classic at the Convocation Center.

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