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|Dillard University 3-2||44||40||84|
|LSU Alexandria (La.) 5-0||48||38||86|
|Nov. 15, 2016|
|Dillard University||Indv. Leaders||LSU Alexandria (La.)|
|#23 Demetric Austin - 33||Points||#11 Chris Vickers - 19|
|#23 Demetric Austin - 10||Rebounds||#25 Brian Sylvester - 7|
|#2 Dennis Hightower - 8||Assists||#0 Brandon Ellis - 6|
|Dillard University||Team Statistics||LSU Alexandria (La.)|
|54.2% (32 - 59)||Field Goals %||49.2% (29 - 59)|
|45.5% (10 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||34.3% (12 - 35)|
|83.3% (10 - 12)||Free Throws||59.3% (16 - 27)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||9|
(Alexandria, La.) The Bleu Devils trailed by as many as 15 points before making an emphatic comeback that fell just short as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' 12th ranked team in Dillard lost to the NAIA's 5th ranked team in Louisiana State University-Alexandria by the score of 86-84 at the Fort before a crowd of 567. The Blue Devils were led by Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year Demetric Austin (SR/Washington, D.C.) who finished with the games only double-double, scoring a game-high 33 points on 13-of-25 shooting from the field and grabbing 10 boards in the loss.
Dillard (3-2, 0-0 GCAC) shot an astonishing 74 percent from the field in the first half thanks to Austin's 22 first-half points but still found themselves down by four at the break due to 14 first half turnovers versus just four for the Generals. Also, the Bleu Devils gave up nine 3-pointers to LSU-A in the opening half which did not help the cause.
In the second half, the back-to-back Red River Athletic Conference champions began to pull away on the GCAC champs from New Orleans before 6'10" Dillard center Jalen McGaughy (JR/Dearborn, Mich.) caught fire from downtown, burying four 3-pointers in a valiant comeback effort, but it wasn't enough as the Generals sunk enough free throws at the end to secure the victory. McGaughy finished with 18 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field while teammate Montrey Thomas (SO/Shreveport, La.) chipped in with 15 points, dished out five assists and grabbed two rebounds in the loss.
Dating back to last season, Dillard head coach Mike Newell is now 0-2 against Generals head coach Larry Cordaro, but only by a total of four points. The highly anticipated rematch between two of the best in the NAIA will go down on Dec. 30 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall at 6:00 p.m.
The Bleu Devils return to action on Saturday, November 19 as they travel to Alabama to face the University of Mobile. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.