By Joe Prisco, Assistant AD of Communications
New Orleans – Senior Malik Amos (SR/Missouri City, Texas) scored 28 points to lead all scorers in the Dillard men’s basketball team’s (1-0) 81-72 season-opening win over Philander Smith (5-6) on Monday, Jan. 11, at the Billy C. Hawkins Center on the campus of Talladega University on the first day of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) – Talladega Round-Up.
Amos scored his 28 points in shooting 8-for-17 from the field, 4-for-9 from three-point range and 8-for-10 from the free throw line. He also had four assists and two steals. Junior Rajhan Billingsley (JR/Phoenix, Arizona) totaled 15 points and eight rebounds in his Bleu Devils debuts. Fellow newcomer to the roster, senior Da’Rell Domineck (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio), made an impact with 15 points and eight rebounds. Domineck shot an efficient 6-for-9 from the field. Junior Anthony McIntosh (JR/Grand Rapids, Michigan) had a steady debut for DU with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Senior Elijah Moore (SR/Milwaukee, Wis.) totaled six points and a game-high eight assists. Junior Jeremiah August (JR/Lafayette, La.) contributed four points, seven rebounds and two steals.
For Philander Smith, Dontrell Johnson led the team with 12 points, Evan Council recorded 11 points. Dejalin Austin picked up 10 points. Robert Jordan totaled 10 points and a team-high six rebounds. Aaron Johnson had nine points and four steals.
Dillard shot 26-for-60 from the field (43 percent), 10-for-22 from three-point range (45 percent) and 15-for-22 from the free throw line (61.3 percent). The program also held the rebounding edge 43-38 while picking up 19 assists, eight steals and two blocks. The program also forced 28 turnovers. The Panthers shot 30-for-63 from the field (47.6 percent), 4-for-16 (25 percent) from three-point range and 8-for-16 (50 percent) from the free throw line.
The game was back and forth in the first half with Dillard only leading 46-43 on a late bounding three from Amos as the clock expired. The program trailed by as much of nine with just over three and half minutes remaining in the first 20 minutes before finishing the half on a 12-0 rally to take the lead. DU were able to extend the lead to 19 at one point, 66-47, on a made free throw from Domineck with 11:23 remaining in the game before having to hold on for the nine-point victory
The men’s basketball team continues play in the GCAC – Talladega Roundup with a contest against Tougaloo at the Billy Hawkins Center at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
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