The Bleu Devils celebrate the victory after Nelson Ollie missed the potential game-winning shot.
The Bleu Devils celebrate the victory after Nelson Ollie missed the potential game-winning shot.
Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 20, 2016
Philander Smith College
Philander Smith (Ark.)385391
Dillard University444892
Feb. 20, 2016
Philander Smith (Ark.)Indv. LeadersDillard University
#23 Chris Ward - 20Points #23 Demetric Austin - 31
2 Players (#3,#12) - 5Rebounds #32 Dennis Hightower - 8
#4 Ronald March - 4Assists #10 Kristian Clark - 8
Philander Smith (Ark.)Team StatisticsDillard University
51.5% (34 - 66) Field Goals % 52.4% (33 - 63)
27.8% (5 - 18) 3 Point Field Goals % 45.5% (10 - 22)
64.3% (18 - 28) Free Throws 59.3% (16 - 27)
34Rebounds 38
9Assists 15
9Turnovers 18
122nd Chance Pts 12

New Orleans—In the Battle of @hiphopprez (Old School vs. New School), Philander Smith College trailed by just one point with two seconds remaining in the game when Nelson Ollie shot a potential game-winning 3-pointer, but his shot clanked off the rim as the Dillard Bleu Devils held on for the 92-91 victory in the GCAC Game of the Week at the Battlefield in Dent Hall.

"Great win for the team," said assistant coach Edward Newton. "We took a step tonight in winning a game in a tough situation. Getting wins like that get you ready for the big dance."

The Bleu Devils (17-9, 7-3 GCAC) were led by their star Demetric Austin as he finished with a game-high 31 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field and buried 11-of-13 free throws while teammate Dennis Hightower (JR/Chicago, Ill.) played solid throughout the game and finished with 17 points, eight boards, six assists and two steals in the victory.

As a team the Bleu Devils shot 52 percent from the field while the Panthers shot 51 percent. Dillard outrebounded PSC 38 to 34 but turned the ball over 19 times versus just nine for Philander. 

Jesse Ward (SO/Maringouin, La.) was a big spark off the bench for Dillard as he finished with 15 points and three rebounds.

Ronald March was held below his season average and scored just 15 points for the Panthers while big man Chris Ward had a team-high 20 points in the loss.

Dillard continues GCAC play as they travel to Alabama to face Talladega College on Monday, February 22 at the Tornado Alley. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.


*Photo provided by J. Williams                             

Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 GCAC: 0-0