Dillard Sweeps Xavier Again at Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic
NEW ORLEANS (January 20, 2018) – Dillard University swept both the men’s and women’s games for the second straight year at the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic on Saturday at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. The Dillard men posted an 70-69 victory while the women won, 63-53.
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Kristopher Allmon’s three-pointer with 1:36 to go proved to be the difference in the men’s game as it gave the Bleu Devils a 70-67 advantage. After Xavier pulled within one on an Elex Carter tip-in, Dillard missed its own counter but preserved the victory when Xavier missed its final shot.
Joshua Simmons led the Bleu Devils with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Allmon added 13 points. Quinton Jackson scored 16. Xavier was led by Jeff Dixon’s 17 points while Jalen David added 15.
In the women’s game, Shaelynn Moore scored 15 points to lead a balanced attack as the No. 21 Lady Bleu Devils cruised to victory. Dillard jumped out to a 17-6 advantage before Xavier cut the gap to two in the third quarter, but the Lady Bleu Devils pulled together and pulled away. Alyssa Washington and Alexia McDonald added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Dillard. Xavier was led by Taylor Jacob’s 12 points off the bench.
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 137th in history between the Gold Rush and the Blue Devils, with Xavier holding an 84-53 advantage. The schools first met in women’s basketball action during the 1977-78 season. The Gold Nuggets and Lady Blue Devils have played 90 times with Xavier on top 67-23 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 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 49 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 84-year history. The 85th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2019. 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 nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.