Dillard - Sat, Nov. 14, 2009
New Orleans, LA - Alrieon Bevins scored 15 points to lead the Lady Bleu Devils over Mid-Continent 77-64 on the front end of Dillard's home opening doubleheader, Saturday at Dent Gym, and Bleu Devils had fans on the edge of their seats in a 64-63 loss to Columbus State.

The Dillard women dominated the Lady Cougars defensively and posted 17 steals to their five.  They were five shy on the boards grabbing 28 to MCU's 33, but beat them at the charity stripe, shooting 11 of 20 for .550, while Mid-Continent shot 8 of 15 for .533.

Three DU players scored nine points apiece, Lauren Daniel, Lai'Ana Gill and Jazzmin Smith.  Gill paced the Lady Bleu Devils with seven rebounds; other leaders were J'Ashala Haynes with six steals and Jasmine Archie dished out six assists.

A trio of MCU players scored double figures including Tiffany Payton (17), Kandi Knupp (16) and Lindsey Davis (11).  Katelyn Perry grabbed nine rebounds.  The Lady Cougars fall to 0-5 for the season.

The win keeps Dillard undefeated for the regular season with its only loss coming in exhibition play against NCAA Division I Southern University - Baton Rouge, 81-47.  The Lady Bleu Devils will host Allen University next weekend for homecoming.  Game time is 2 p.m.

In game two of the home opener, the Dillard men played a thriller against NCAA Division II Columbus State losing 64-63.  Down by six at halftime (28-34), the Bleu Devils opened the second half scoring eight unanswered points to tie the game at 36.  CSU pulled away twice more, but Dillard rallied hard and fast, pulling within two at the 13:40 mark and later, with a little over two minutes left to go in the game. 

At 1:30, DeCarlos Riley hit a three-pointer, assisted by James Burkes, cutting the CSU Cougars lead to one, 59-60.  With a chance to go ahead, after a Donta Ridley foul gave Mico Sjekloca three shots, Sjekloca went 2 for 3 at the line with three seconds remaining and the score at 63-64.  A subsequent foul by Sjekloca send Lamar Williams to the charity stripe, but he botched the front end of a bonus and Dillard's James Burkes missed a buzzer beater to end the game.  The contest was the first for Columbus State and counted as an exhibition.

Burkes led all scorers with 21 points, followed by CSU's Chris Telesford with 18 and 14 boards.  Dillard's Autrail Manning hit 16 points and Riley added 11, with five rebounds.  Sjekloca also had five rebounds. 

The Bleu Devils (0-3) next host Talladega College for homecoming.  Tipoff is 4 p.m. at Dent Gym.