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|LSU Shreveport (La.)||33||32||65|
|Nov. 21, 2015|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Dillard University|
|#2 Tyrell Springer - 20||Points||#32 Dennis Hightower - 17|
|#24 Manny Martin - 8||Rebounds||#23 Demetric Austin - 10|
|#2 Tyrell Springer - 4||Assists||#32 Dennis Hightower - 3|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Team Statistics||Dillard University|
|40% (24 - 60)||Field Goals %||32.7% (17 - 52)|
|17.6% (3 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||13.6% (3 - 22)|
|82.4% (14 - 17)||Free Throws||68.4% (26 - 38)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||8|
(New Orleans, La.) The Dillard University Bleu Devils nearly pulled off the upset against the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' 14th (T) ranked team in the country in Louisiana State University at Shreveport but came up short in the end with a 65-63 loss. In the final seconds of the game, Dillard's Dennis Hightower (JR/Chicago, Ill.) had a chance to win as he heaved up a half-court prayer, but his attempt fell just short of the rim.
The Bleu Devils (5-2, 0-0 GCAC) trailed by just four points at the break as big man Ramon Johnson (SO/Newark, N.J.) finished with 16 points, nailing 5-of-7 shots from the field and hit 6-of-8 free throws in the loss. Hightower finished with a game-high 17 points, hitting 5-of-13 shots from the field and connecting on 5-of-10 free throws for Dillard. He played the entire game as he filled up the stat sheet with five steals, three assists, two boards and one block. The Bleu Devils struggled on the offensive end, connecting on just 17 field goals in the entire game, shooting less than 33 percent in the contest.
Demetric Austin (JR/Washington, D.C.) nearly had a double-double for Dillard, finishing with 10 rebounds but just nine points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field. Austin picked up three fouls in the first half and was forced to sit out the majority of the half. Kristian Clark (JR/Ocean Springs, Miss.) chipped in with nine points and five rebounds while teammates Dexter Porchia (JR/Stephens, Ark.), Montrey Thomas (FR/Shreveport, La.) and Houston Chatman (JR/Houma, La.) shot a total of 0-for-11 from the field and did not hit a single field goal all night in the loss.
Tyrell Springer of LSU-S finished with a game-high 20 points and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the victory. As a team LSU-S shot a dismal 3-for-17 from behind the arc but nailed 14-of-17 free throws as they improve to 2-2 on the season.
For the first time this season, Dillard was outrebounded in a game. The Pilots grabbed 38 boards to 36 for the Bleu Devils. However, Dillard played without the nation's leading rebounder, Dennis Reed (JR/England, Ark.), who missed his first full game due to an ankle injury which he suffered in the previous game against William Carey University.
Dillard returns to action on Tuesday, November 24 as they travel to Baton Rouge to face NCAA Division 1 opponent Southern University. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
*Photo provided by J. Williams