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|Feb. 16, 2016|
|Loyola (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Dillard University|
|#5 Jalen Gray - 16||Points||2 Players (#23,#32) - 27|
|2 Players (#3,#42) - 7||Rebounds||2 Players (#10,#23) - 7|
|#5 Jalen Gray - 5||Assists||#32 Dennis Hightower - 9|
|Loyola (La.)||Team Statistics||Dillard University|
|48.3% (29 - 60)||Field Goals %||49.3% (34 - 69)|
|27.8% (5 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||61.1% (11 - 18)|
|77.3% (17 - 22)||Free Throws||60.9% (14 - 23)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||9|
New Orleans—The Dillard University Bleu Devils avenged a previous loss to the Loyola Wolf Pack by defeating them 93-80 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. Pikeville transfers Demetric Austin (JR/Washington, D.C.) and Dennis Hightower (JR/Chicago, Ill.) both scored 27 points each in the victory that guarantees Dillard its first winning season in more than 10 years.
"That was a great team win," said assistant coach Edward Newton, "and a good win for the guys. We played like a team tonight. That was an outstanding job from our point guard Dennis Hightower and small forward Demetric Austin."
The Bleu Devils (16-9, 6-3 GCAC) led by as many as 16 points before Loyola stormed back to tie the game at 60 apiece with 10:44 left to play, but Dillard would eventually pull away as they ended the game on a 33-20 run. The Bleu Devils scored 50 second-half points and nailed 11-of-18 (61 percent) three-pointers in the game.
Hightower opened up the game with three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of action and not only tied a game-high in scoring but nearly had a double-double, finishing with nine assists, six rebounds and two steals. The Danville native is truly coming into form right when the Bleu Devils need him to do so.
Teammate Kristian Clark (JR/Ocean Springs, Miss.) had yet another solid output for Dillard as he finished with 13 points, seven boards, five assists and two steals in 36 minutes while Ramon Johnson (SO/Newark, N.J.) chipped in with 12 points, hitting 6-of-8 shots from the field.
As a team Dillard outrebounded Loyola 44 to 31 and dished out a total of 28 assists compared to just 13 for the Wolf Pack, who drop to 13-11 on the season. The crosstown opponents had five scorers in double-figures and were led by Jalen Gray's 16 points while teammate Nick Parker finished with 13 points in the loss.
Johnny Griffin Jr. was held below his season average and scored just 10 points for Loyola.
Dillard continues Gulf Coast Athletic Conference play as they host Philander Smith College in the Battle of @hiphopprez (Old School vs. New School) on Saturday, February 20 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.
*Photo provided by J. Williams