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|Feb. 8, 2017|
|New Orleans, LA|
|Concordia College||Indv. Leaders||Dillard University|
|#33 Dennis Miles - 22||Points||#23 Demetric Austin - 26|
|#33 Dennis Miles - 9||Rebounds||#23 Demetric Austin - 8|
|#5 Tavin Cumings - 5||Assists||2 Players (#5,#12) - 4|
|Concordia College||Team Statistics||Dillard University|
|42.9% (27 - 63)||Field Goals %||45% (27 - 60)|
|22.2% (4 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||23.1% (6 - 26)|
|81.8% (18 - 22)||Free Throws||72.4% (21 - 29)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||14|
(New Orleans, La.) Dillard University NAIA All-American forward Demetric Austin (SR/Washington, D.C.) eclipsed 1,000 career points in a Bleu Devil uniform as his squad won its 10th straight game of the year, this time against Concordia College (Selma) by the score of 81-76 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. With a victory over Talladega on Saturday, Dillard will clinch the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Regular Season championship for the first time since 2001.
"I am proud of myself for all the hard work I've put in during my two years at Dillard," said Austin, who scored a game-high 26 points including 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. "I've been through a lot in life, so to hear that I scored over 1,000 points at Dillard was a dream come true because I've seen a lot of players score 1,000." Austin, who is the team leader in both scoring and rebounding, also grabbed eight rebounds and had one assist in the victory.
When reflecting on the 10 consecutive victories that his team has achieved, Austin took a unifying approach in his response.
"When you talk about the streak, all the credit goes to my teammates because everyone is playing to their ability right now. This is the time of the year when you turn it on," said Austin.
Junior transfer sharpshooter James Morris Jr. (JR/Peoria, Ill.) chipped in with 12 points but was ice cold from downtown, shooting a season-low 0-for-8 from behind the arc; however, he found other ways to score as he attacked the rim and drew fouls, shooting 4-for-6 from the free throw line.
Dillard (18-5, 8-0 GCAC) shot 45 percent from the field and nailed only six 3-pointers (26 attempts) in the victory, but won the rebound battle by five (40-35).
As a team Dillard finished with 17 assists on 27 buckets and hit 21-of-29 free throws.
Concordia's Dennis Miles finished with a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds before fouling out of the game with just minutes remaining.
Dillard returns to action on Saturday, February 11 as they host #16 Talladega College in GCAC action. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. The Bleu Devils basketball team remains focused and looks to give the Tornadoes the same treatment that it received during last year's road loss in Alabama when it had to witness the cutting of the nets in Tornado Alley as Dega clinched the regular season title with a 96-80 victory over the Bleu Devils.
"Saturday is going to mean a lot if we can win the regular season championship with a win over a tough Talladega team with the NAIA's leading scorer in Jordan Washington," said Austin. "It will mean a lot to me and my teammates and of course alumni, but it will also mean a lot to my coach."