Demetric "Tree" Austin calmly prepares to sink a free throws against Edward Waters.
COURTESY: J. Williams & Dillard University Athletics
NEW ORLEANS --The Bleu Devils held a 3-point lead at the half before holding its opponent to just 21 second half points en route to an 80-55 victory at the Battlefield in Dent Hall over Edward Waters. The win marks Dillard's fourth straight victory in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
Dillard (12-6, 4-1 GCAC) was led by junior Demetric Austin (JR/Washington, D.C.) who finished with yet another double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 boards in the victory. Teammate Jesse Ward (SO/Maringouin, La.) continued his solid GCAC campaign with 14 points, four boards, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of action while Dennis Hightower (JR/Chicago, Ill.) and Dennis Reed (JR/England, Ark.) both chipped in with 10 points apiece.
The first half proved to be an exciting contest as the Tigers and Bleu Devils exchanged baskets throughout the 20 minute period, but Dillard would eventually pull away thanks to a solid transition game. Once again, the Bleu Devils outrebounded its opponent 43 to 34. During one stretch of the competition, the game began to get chippy in the latter half as double-technical fouls were called on two separate occasions, even resulting in an ejection.
Keith Williams Jr. led Edward Waters with 12 points while teammate Oceann Maddox finished with 11 points.
Dillard takes a break from GCAC action and faces Texas College on Wednesday, January 27. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
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