Saturday, March 19, 2016

Demetric Austin was 10-for-10 from the free throw line and finished with a double-double.
Kansas City, Missouri (excerpts taken from — No. 6 seed Campbellsville (Ky.)qualified for the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship with an 81-73 win over sixth-seeded Dillard (La.). The Tigers take on the winner of No. 1-seeded LSU Alexandria (La.) and No. 5-seeded Carroll (Mont.) in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

Elliott Young led the way for Campbellsville with 22 points and eight rebounds, converting 4 of 7 three-point shots. Sekou Harris chipped in with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists, Dii'jon Allen-Jordan added 13 points, eight rebounds and six steals, while Hagen Tyler tallied 12 points.

"I didn't think we played our best basketball tonight," said Dillard head coach Mike Newell.

"We made a lot of mental mistakes and you can't do that in March. This group accomplished a lot of great things, but we didn't win a national championship, and that's why I came to Dillard."

Campbellsville (24-10) forced 10 turnovers in the first half on the way to a 37-28 lead at intermission, limiting Dillard to 10 of 33 shooting (.303) that included two three-point shots on 10 attempts. The middle third of the half was a pivotal stretch for the Tigers, who turned a 10-9 deficit into a 26-16 advantage thanks to six points from Harris.

The second half saw the Tigers' advantage swell between one and 10 points throughout the second half before Harris and Young helped finish off the game with conventional three-point plays prior to four free throws by Rob Robinson.

"I am really happy for Houston Chatman (JR/Houma, La.)," said Newell. "It's really special to go out in your last year and win a conference championship, get a chance to go to the NAIA tournament and go as far as the sweet 16. He's a great young man and I am very fortunate to have coached him." Chatman finished with just three points and two boards in his final game as a Bleu Devil.

Campbellsville shot 51.7 percent in the second half (15 of 29), including 6 of 12 from beyond the arc. Dillard owned the battle of the boards with a 50-40 advantage, but the Tigers committed just 10 turnovers and recorded 12 steals.

Demetric Austin (JR/Washington, D.C.) scored a game-high 23 points, hitting all 10 of his free throws, to go along with 11 rebounds for the Bleu Devils. Dennis Reed (JR/England, Ark.) also pulled down 11 rebounds, while Dennis Hightower (JR/Chicago, Ill.) (JR/Chicago, Ill.) recorded 19 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Dillard finishes its season with a 22-11 record.

Game notes:

Campbellsville – All-time in the championship, the Tigers improve to 2-3 in the Second Round – their previous such victory came in 2008 against former member McKendree (Ill.), 80-64… The margin of victory/defeat in four previous second round games was 8.3 points… Moves to 8-10 all-time in the championship… Hagen Tyler made 4-of-9 three-pointers tonight – he entered the game ranked No. 4 in NAIA in treys made (101)… As a team, Georgetown has knocked down 23 triples in two tournament games … Of the five teams to qualify for the quarterfinals thus far, the Tigers become the second program with double-digit losses… Campbellsville joins fellow Mid-South Conference members Cumberlands (Ky.) and Georgetown (Ky.) in the round of 8, which will be played on Saturday.

Dillard – In first appearance since 2003 – fifth overall – Blue Devils fall to 3-6 all-time in the National Championship … Was riding a five-game win streak heading into second round game … Dennis Hightower averaged 28.5 points over two games in this season's championship to finish this season with at least 10 points in three of his last four games… Demetric Austin, who had a season-low five points in the tournament opening win Thursday, collected a team-high 23 tonight… Grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, which was right at the team's season average, which ranks No. 2 in the NAIA.


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