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|Dillard University 14-8, 5-2 GCAC||32||29||61|
|Xavier (La.) 17-8, 4-4 GCAC||28||41||69|
|Feb. 6, 2016|
|New Orleans, LA|
|Dillard University||Indv. Leaders||Xavier (La.)|
|#23 Demetric Austin - 19||Points||#14 Morris Wright - 20|
|#23 Demetric Austin - 14||Rebounds||#4 RJ Daniels - 9|
|#32 Dennis Hightower - 8||Assists||#14 Morris Wright - 4|
|Dillard University||Team Statistics||Xavier (La.)|
|34.3% (23 - 67)||Field Goals %||50% (26 - 52)|
|21.7% (5 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||40% (6 - 15)|
|76.9% (10 - 13)||Free Throws||64.7% (11 - 17)|
|15||2nd Chance Pts||6|
New Orleans—Although Dillard opened the 2016 Crosstown Classic with a 10-0 run, the Bleu Devils somehow managed to give up 41 second half points to Xavier as they fell 69-61 at the Convocation Center. The loss marks Dillard's second straight loss, both at the hands of New Orleans teams.
The Bleu Devils (14-8, 5-2 GCAC) tied a season-low 29 points in a half (2nd) and shot just 34 percent (23-of-67) from the field while its opponents shot an unexpected 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field. Dillard was led by junior Demetric Austin (JR/Washington, D.C.) who finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 boards in the loss. Freshman Montrey Thomas (FR/Shreveport, La.) was next on the team with 15 points, hitting 6-of-12 shots from the field and burying two 3-pointers to go along with four assists and four boards.
Dillard shot a dismal 5-of-23 (22 percent) from downtown while Xavier hit 6-of-15 (40 percent) from 3-point land, however; the Bleu Devils managed to outrebound the Gold Rush 41 to 31.
Dillard continues GCAC action on Lundi Gras, Monday, February 8 as they travel across town to face the Southern University of New Orleans Knights. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Castle.
*Photo provided by J. Williams