Dillard Sweeps Both Games of Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic
NEW ORLEANS (February 18, 2017) – Dillard University swept both the men’s and women’s games for the first time at the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic on Saturday at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. The Dillard men posted an 87-74 victory while the women won, 69-64.
Junior transfer Jalen McGaughy led the Bleu Devil men as he tallied a game-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds and eight blocks. Senior All-American Demetric Austin added 17 points and nine rebounds. As a team, Dillard shot over 40 percent from the field and hit 11 three-pointers while holding the Gold Rush to just 5-for-21 from beyond the arc. Xavier was led by 18 points from Jalen David, while Seth Jackson added 17.
In the women’s game, Dillard was led by Shaelynn Moore and Alyssa Washington, who finished with 16 points and 12 points, respectively. Freshman Makeedah Collins came off the bench to score 13 points, including three three-pointers. Xavier was led by 11 points from Kelsee Singleton.
This is the first time that both Bleu Devils and Lady Bleu Devils defeated Xavier in Dent Hall since 2001.
The historic rivalry between the two schools began on Jan. 17, 1948 when the men’s basketball teams first clashed on the hardwood. Saturday’s meeting was the 136th in history between the Gold Rush and the Blue Devils, with Xavier holding an 84-52 advantage. The schools first met in women’s basketball action during the 1977-78 season. The Gold Nuggets and Lady Blue Devils have played 88 times with Xavier on top 66-22 in the all-time series.
Three players in the XU-DU men’s series reached the NBA. Xavier’s Donald “Slick” Watts played six seasons with three NBA teams from 1973-79. Watts was the first to lead the NBA in assists and steals in the same season (1975-76). Gold Rush teammate Bruce Seals played three NBA seasons (1975-78) after two seasons in the ABA. Dillard’s George Johnson played 13 seasons with six NBA teams from 1972-86 and ranks 13th in the NBA with 2,082 career blocked shots. Johnson was a member of the Golden State Warriors’ 1975 NBA championship team, and Seals played in the NBA Finals in 1978 with the Seattle SuperSonics.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 92 Hall of Fame players, 48 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 83-year history. The 84th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, will be played on January 1, 2018. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.