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Dillard and Xavier Take a Win Each in Tense but Friendly Crosstown Classic

Jeffery Ugwuanyi | 2/1/2017, 12:24 p.m.
It was cold on Saturday. The temperature was in the mid 50’s, but that did not stop the Convocation Center ...

It was cold on Saturday. The temperature was in the mid 50’s, but that did not stop the Convocation Center at Xavier University of Louisiana’s campus from heating up for the Annual Crosstown Classic held on Saturday Jan. 28, 2017.

A sea of gold and black, mixed with some hints of blue, filled the arena. Fans participated in signature university crowd chants punched the air with excitement and anticipation. The time had come for the Classic Rivalry between Xavier and Dillard University, where the Xavier’s Women’s Basketball Team came out as victors, and Dillard’s Men’s Team also took a win back to the Gentilly campus.

For Xavier to lose it all on home turf, Senior, New Orleans native, Kelsee Singleton’s nail biting finish was a highlight of the night for the home crowd.

“I was happy to see Kelsee knock down that shot,” said Bo Browder, the Head Coach for Xavier’s Women’s Basketball Team. However, the same cannot be said for the Xavier Men’s Basketball Team, who suffered a devastating loss to the Dillard Bleu Devils for a home game.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t pay attention to details and we got beat up tonight,” said Alfred Williams, Xavier’s Men’s Team Head Coach. Williams said the men’s team missed a lot of opportunities but he commended Freshman Donovan Armstrong of Round Rock, Texas, for fighting throughout the game despite being ejected.