|Our Lady of the Lake 5-8, 0-3 RRAC||34||25||59|
|Xavier (N.O.) 9-2, 1-1 RRAC||35||37||72|
|Jan. 8, 2022|
|New Orleans, LA|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Indv. Leaders||Xavier (N.O.)|
|#2 Joseph Anderson - 15||Points||#3 Rayshawn Mart - 20|
|2 Players (#5,#25) - 6||Rebounds||#4 Corey Dunning - 9|
|#24 Georges Darwiche - 5||Assists||#11 TJ Jones - 6|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Team Statistics||Xavier (N.O.)|
|38.7% (24 - 62)||Field Goals %||47.3% (26 - 55)|
|16.7% (3 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||75% (6 - 8)|
|47.1% (8 - 17)||Free Throws||56% (14 - 25)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||13|
(Photo courtesy of Yamlak Tsega.)
NEW ORLEANS (Jan. 8, 2022) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team lost to No. 15-ranked Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) 72-59 on Saturday. The Saints drop to 5-8 overall and 0-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Gold Rush improve to 9-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Head Coach Chris Dial commented, "The team competed, and Xavier is a very good basketball team, which means we had a small margin of error. Free throws continue to plague us. We are looking forward to returning home and getting some practices under our belt."
This was the first matchup between the two programs.
The Saints struggled shooting on Saturday afternoon against a talented XULA squad. Despite the inconsistency, OLLU was down by only one point at halftime. The Saints never trailed in the first half until Nigel Allen hit a three-point shot at the buzzer for the Gold Rush. Ruben Monzon (SR/San Diego, Calif.) and Joseph Anderson (SR/Houston, Texas) had a strong first half for the Saints.
The Gold Rush continued to shoot well in the second half and finished with 75 percent shooting from three-point range. The Saints committed nine turnovers allowed XULA to take advantage halfway through the second half. OLLU has lost three straight games and will look for the first conference win against Paul Quinn College on Jan. 13.
XULA was led by Rayshawn Mart with 20 points. Corey Dunning led the Gold Rush with nine rebounds. TJ Jones contributed a team high six assists.
Inside the box
OLLU combined for 24-of-62 shooting for 38.7 percent, 3-of-18 from three-point range for 16.7 percent and 8-of-17 from the free-throw line for 47.1 percent.
XULA combined for 26-of-55 from the field for 47.3 percent, 6-of-8 three-pointers for 75 percent and 14-of-25 from the charity stripe for 56 percent.
The Saints grabbed 32 rebounds while the Gold Rush gathered 41. OLLU forced 18 turnovers and committed 16.
The Saints host Paul Quinn College on Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.