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|Jan. 14, 2017|
|Dillard University||Indv. Leaders||Talladega (Ala.)|
|#12 James Morris Jr. - 24||Points||#2 Jordan Washington - 23|
|#23 Demetric Austin - 9||Rebounds||#35 Patrick Green - 7|
|#2 Dennis Hightower - 5||Assists||#5 Marcus Brown - 2|
|Dillard University||Team Statistics||Talladega (Ala.)|
|60.7% (34 - 56)||Field Goals %||43.1% (31 - 72)|
|58.3% (14 - 24)||3 Point Field Goals %||25% (6 - 24)|
|78.9% (15 - 19)||Free Throws||55% (11 - 20)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||16|
TALLADEGA, Ala. (www.GCAConf.com) - #21 Dillard University had six players reach double figures as they went on the road to defeat 13th-ranked Talladega, 97-79 at Tornado Alley.
James Morris Jr. (JR/Peoria, Ill.) scored a season and game-high 24 points to lead the Bleu Devils in just his third game of the season. Morris went 6-of-10 from beyond the three-point line and also grabbed six rebounds.
Demetric Austin (SR/Washington, D.C.), Montrey Thomas (SO/Shreveport, La.), and Dennis Hightower (SR/Chicago, Ill.) scored 15 points each for Dillard, with Patrick Thompson (JR/Geismar, La.) adding 12 points and Jalen McGaughy (JR/Ann Arbor, Mich.) came off the bench to score 10 points.
Talladega got 23 points from Jordan Washington before he fouled out of the ball game. Tauron Baily finished with 15 points, while Dominic Jackson and Keynan Gardner-Willis scored 11 points each for the Tornadoes.
Talladega got off to a good start behind Washington, as he scored five of the Tornadoes' first seven points. Dega would take an early six point lead before Dillard would respond with an 11-0 run. Morris and Hightower would combine for three three-pointers during that span.
After going back and forth for most of the first half, the Tornadoes' would resume control of the contest late in the first half. Talladega would close out the first 20 minutes with a 15-7 run to go into the locker room ahead 49-43.
The lead was short-lived as Dillard would come out for the second half firing. The Bleu Devils put together an 8-0 run to start the half, bookended by three-pointers from Thomas and Morris, to retake the lead. Jordan Washington would tie the score at 51 with a lay up at the 16:58 mark. That was the last time the Tornadoes would get that close to the visiting Bleu Devils.
Dillard took the air out of Tornado Alley by outscoring Talladega 46-28 over the final 17 minutes, building its lead to as many as 22 points in the second half. The margin of defeat (18) was the largest for the Tornadoes this season. Seven of Dillard's 10 victories this season have come by 15 points or more.
The Bleu Devils shot just under 61 percent from the floor, including making 17-of-24 shots in the second half. Dillard was nearly as hot from distance, going 14-24 from beyond the arc. Talladega was held to 43 percent shooting and the Tornadoes did not make a three-pointer in the second half.
Dillard also held a 41-31 advantage on the boards.
Since assuming coaching duties at Dillard, Mike Newell is now 2-1 against Talladega. No other conference team has beaten the Tornadoes in a regular season matchup in that time.
Dillard (10-5, 2-0 GCAC) returns home to host Philander Smith on Monday night, while Talladega (14-5, 0-1) will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to take on Edward Waters.