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LeMOYNE-OWEN MBB: Magicians hope their tricks will upset Xavier University

The Lemoyne-Owen Magicians are ready to take their fast-paced show on the road as they head to Xavier University of Louisiana for their final exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The Magicians are coming off an 88-63 exhibition loss to the University of Memphis on Oct. 26. Head coach William Anderson took the defeat as a stepping stone for improvement.

“Some key points we have been working on is our defense as well as communicating more on the offensive and defensive end,” he said.

Devin Booker and Kenneth Perkins each scored 12 points in the Memphis game, but overall the team made just 23 of the 85 attempted field goals. They were better (but not great) at the free-throw line, shooting 67 percent.

The team will use both the UofM loss and their 101-67 win over Edward Waters College as learning experiences as they head to the Crescent City.

“We are leaving the city and it’s our last exhibition,” Anderson said. “We are trying to solidify our rotation,  get more offensive continuity and execute better. Most importantly, (we are) staying committed to our principles. We believe in (working on) the defensive end.”

It’s still up in the air if guard Devin Booker will play. Booker injured his shooting hand, and is listed as day-to-day.

“Right now, we are not sure,” Anderson said. “We are hoping he can be available for Saturday.”

LeMoyne-Owen College takes on Xavier University of Louisiana on Saturday, Nov. 8. at The Barn in New Orleans. Tip-off is at 1 pm.



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