Jalen McGaughy finished with a near triple-double, including 8 blocks vs. Xavier.
Jalen McGaughy finished with a near triple-double, including 8 blocks vs. Xavier.
Men's Basketball - Sun, Jan. 29, 2017
Dillard University 15-5, 6-0 GCAC4856104
Xavier (La.) 7-13, 3-2 GCAC284371
Jan. 28, 2017
New Orleans, LA
Attendance: 3,191
Dillard UniversityIndv. LeadersXavier (La.)
#22 Jalen McGaughy - 22Points #23 Mike Williams - 23
#22 Jalen McGaughy - 12Rebounds #12 Jalen David - 5
2 Players (#2,#11) - 8Assists #21 Innocent Kukulu - 3
Dillard UniversityTeam StatisticsXavier (La.)
54.4% (37 - 68) Field Goals % 30.4% (21 - 69)
38.1% (8 - 21) 3 Point Field Goals % 34.3% (12 - 35)
88% (22 - 25) Free Throws 81% (17 - 21)
49Rebounds 29
26Assists 6
14Turnovers 14
122nd Chance Pts 6

(New Orleans, La.) Dillard used a 27-7 run in the first half to open up a 20 point lead at the break as they crushed the Xavier University Gold Rush 104-71 in the 2017 Crosstown Classic in front of a crowd of 3,191. The win marks the first regular season victory for the Bleu Devils on Xavier's turf since 1999. Dillard has now won seven straight games by an average margin of 22.1 points.

"We're trying to slay bigger fish," said Coach Mike Newell. "We mentioned it to the kids about not winning there since 1999, but overall we are focused on bigger things than that."

Dillard (15-5, 6-0 GCAC) was led by junior transfer Jalen McGaughy (JR/Ann Arbor, Mich.) who had a near triple-double, posting nearly identical numbers in his previous game. This time he scored a team-high 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked a career-high eight shots in the lopsided victory while teammate Quinton Jackson (JR/Cambridge, Md.) had a solid output, finishing with 20 points, seven assists and six boards. McGaughy, who is ranked number one in the NAIA (D1) in 3-point field goal percentage (.558), shot a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc and also produced a game-high three steals for Dillard, who remains in sole possession of first place in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Philander Smith (3-2 GCAC) and Xavier (3-2 GCAC) are both tied for second place, and both teams recently suffered monumental blowout losses to the Bleu Devils.

"We have nine games left against good people, so we need to focus and continue to get better," said Coach Newell. "Jalen is coming to his own as of late, and defensively we are improving every game. Also Dennis coming off the bench has been great for us lately; he is a great leader."

Dillard point guard Dennis Hightower (SR/Chicago, Ill.) came off the bench to produce 12 points and eight assists. Hightower currently ranks third in the NAIA (D1) in both total assists and assists per game with 124 and 6.5 respectively.

As a team Dillard outrebounded Xavier 49-29, shot 54 percent from the field and produced 26 assists in the win.

Xavier's Mike Williams finished with a game-high 23 points but had a game-high four turnovers in the loss.

Dillard returns to action on Saturday, February 4 as they host Southern University at New Orleans in GCAC action. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. at the Battlefield in Dent Hall.


*Photos provided by Yamlak Tsega

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