Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tougaloo's Porter scores GCAC-record 51 points in win over Rust College


TOUGALOO, Mississippi -- For the second consecutive year, a Tougaloo Bulldog has broken the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference single-game scoring record. Last season it was Kelsey Howard, who scored 49 points in an overtime win over Philander Smith. This season Quintarius Porter topped that mark, and he only needed regulation to do it. Porter scored 51 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 116-77 win over Rust College on Thursday night.

Quintarius Porter also set NAIA season high for single-game points (51), field goals made (18), field goals attempted (37), and three-point field goals attempted (21). In addition to his historic scoring performance, Porter finished with a double-double, grabbing 13 rebounds. He added six assists, two steals, and a block for good measure.

He scored Tougaloo's first 15 points as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 55-31 halftime lead. The Bulldogs had the Dawg Pound howling as they were even more potent in the second half, putting 61 points on the board.

Tougaloo had three other players in double figures. De'Andre Scott finished with 23 points, Andravious Smith added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Marquavious Smith chipped in with 10 points and seven boards. Denevian Cunningham just missed a double-double of his own with nine points and 11 rebounds. Dixon Gardner had a team-high eight assists.

The Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the floor (45/86), 34 percent on three-pointers (11/32) and 88 percent on free throws (15/17).

Tougaloo outrebounded the Bearcats 48-29 and held Rust College to 42 percent shooting. Rush shot a dismal 4-of-22 from beyond the three-point arc.

The Bulldogs also held advantages in points of turnovers (27-18), second chance points (22-12), and
bench points (21-5).

In short it was complete domination.

Rust did have four players in double figures, led by Allen Potts with 21 points and 10 rebounds. O'darius Lowe also had a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. Jonathan Bownes (18) and Ryan Wilkins (11) had solid efforts in the loss.

The Bulldogs (10-10, 2-6 GCAC) will play three of their final four games at home, starting with Edward Waters on Feb. 15.


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