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|LSU Alexandria (La.)||39||36||75|
|Dec. 30, 2016|
|LSU Alexandria (La.)||Indv. Leaders||Dillard University|
|#23 Jordin Williams - 19||Points||#23 Demetric Austin - 23|
|#25 Brian Sylvester - 15||Rebounds||2 Players (#14,#23) - 7|
|#23 Jordin Williams - 5||Assists||2 Players (#2,#4) - 4|
|LSU Alexandria (La.)||Team Statistics||Dillard University|
|46.7% (28 - 60)||Field Goals %||30% (21 - 70)|
|41.2% (7 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||29.4% (10 - 34)|
|70.6% (12 - 17)||Free Throws||65% (13 - 20)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||6|
(New Orleans, La.) The Bleu Devils basketball team shot just 23 percent in the first half (9-of-40) on its way to a second straight loss, this time against the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' second ranked team in the country in Louisiana State University-Alexandria by the score of 75 to 65 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. Ironically, both teams entered the game tied for fourth in the nation in total assists and assists per game with 245 and 20.4 respectively.
In the first half, Dillard (8-5, 0-0 GCAC) led 17-11 after a three-point shot by junior transfer James Morris Jr. (JR/Peoria, Ill.), but the Generals quickly stormed back behind junior guard Jordin Williams who nailed three big 3-pointers as LSU-A ended the half on a 28-10 run. Williams finished with a team-high 19 points in the victory.
In the second half the Generals controlled the game by dominating the glass, outrebounding Dillard 47 to 39 overall, but its 12 point lead was quickly cut to just two points after a series of buckets and free throws by Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year Demetric Austin (SR/Washington, D.C.), who finished with a game-high 23 points on just 6-of-20 shots from the field for the Bleu Devils. Austin also collected seven boards and produced four steals but had six turnovers in the loss. In the latter part of the contest, the Generals clamped down on the defensive side and closed the door on any comeback opportunity for Dillard.
Senior point guard Dennis Hightower (SR/Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes of action for Dillard. As for LSU-A, junior forward Brandon Moss contributed with an arsenal of high-flying dunks and alley-oops as he finished with 16 points (7-for-10) and grabbed nine boards in the victory. Teammate Brian Sylvester finished with the games only double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 15 boards for the Generals, who won their 33rd consecutive regular season game. Coach Larry Cordaro is now 3-0 against Coach Mike Newell, all by a total of just 14 points. Round four between Newell and Cordaro could potentially happen in the NAIA tournament in Kansas City in March 2017 if both teams make the big dance, but it won't happen in the first round of the tourney since both teams played each other in the regular season (NAIA rule).
Dillard returns to action on Saturday, January 7 as they host one of the newest NAIA teams, Crowley's Ridge College. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. This will be the final tune up for Dillard before starting conference play on January 10 against Tougaloo.