Dillard men outlast Xavier in annual matchup
The 25th ranked Dillard Bleu Devils men’s basketball team defeated cross-town, conference rivals Xavier Gold Nuggets 81-70 during the 11th annual Bleu Devil Classic.
See a video from the men’s Bleu Devil Classic matchup between Dillard and Xavier here.
The matchup was the 143rd meeting between the two teams and the second this year. Dillard fell to Xavier on Jan. 26, 76-83.
The game was senior night and the last home game of the season. Dillard senior center Rick Curry got a double double, 12 rebounds 23 points, nearly double his season average. Dillard senior guard Jessie Ward scored 12 points. Xavier was led by sophomore guard Rayshawn Martin’s 19-point effort.
Both teams found themselves in foul trouble, committing 10 fouls a piece at halftime and 25 a piece by game’s end. Xavier shot 24 of 34 (70 percent) from the free throw line. Dillard shot 28 of 34 (82.4 percent) from the free throw line.
The teams were evenly matched at halftime, Xavier leading 37-36. The Bleu Devils, however, outscored the Golden Nuggets 45-33 in the second half. Xavier struggled with field goals, making only 22 of 70 (31.4 percent). Dillard shot less, but were more efficient, making 25 of 49 (51 percent).
The game left Xavier with a 14 and 13 record overall record, four and nine on the road and a 6 and 7 record in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference play. Dillard advanced to a 16 and 2 overall record, 9 and 2 in conference play.
Dillard takes on Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama on Monday, Feb. 18. Xavier takes on Rust College at home on Monday.