(New Orleans) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its 2012-13 NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Award winners, and Dillard University made the prestigious list for the fourth consecutive year. Dillard has achieved this particular NAIA award every year since the existence of the Champions of Character scorecard.
DALLAS, Tx. - Southern University at New Orleans got its record back to .500 (2-2) by defeating the Lady Tigers of Paul Quinn College. The Lady Knights jumped out to a 47-10 halftime lead before sitting the team's starters for most of the second half and coasting to a 47-point victory. With four games remaining before Christmas holidays, SUNO finds itself in the position to gain some momentum before conference play begins.
"You really start to learn about your team from how they play on the road", said Head Coach Elston King. "It's us versus them with no friends and fans around to back you up, so you have to rely on each other. They came out with a lot of intensity and played great defense in the first half. The best thing about that is we got our starters some rest, our reserves got to play and we should be ready for the quick turnaround when we take on Loyola on Friday night."
Lady Bulldogs hold BMC to 27 second half points to key the victory
NASHVILLE- NAIA top scorer Stevonna Scott scored 18 of her game high 27 points in the second half as the Fisk Lady Bulldogs (5-3) rallied to defeat the Blue Mountain College Lady Toppers (3-5) 66-60. Senior Janine Davis had a double-double for the Lady Bulldogs scoring 16 points and dishing out 10 assists. Classmate Nacori Foreman grabbed 14 rebounds.
"I'm not sure why we seem to always come out flat," said Head Coach Tony Thompson. "We played well on the defensive end in both halves; our press seemed bother them. We just couldn't put the ball in the goal early. Blue Mountain beat us down there so it was great to get a split against them. Our goal is to go 4-0 during this home stand. We can't keep having slow starts if we want to reach our goal. We are halfway there."
Sophomore Rashida Ademosu added nine points. Foreman and Ataya Horn scored seven apiece to close out the scoring for Fisk. BMC had four players in double figures. Kyesha Clark and Anna Brooke Page had 13 apiece. Kristin Milewski and Kati Prince both had 12.
The Lady Bulldogs are back in action tonight against Tennessee Temple. Game time is 6 pm
NASHVILLE- The Fisk University Bulldog Men's basketball team withstood a late run to defeat the Blue Mountain (MS.) College Toppers (3-6) 87-81 in a non-conference game at the Henderson A. Johnson Arena last night. The win gave the Bulldogs their first season sweep of an opponent this season. Cameron Lewis scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds to pace the Bulldogs (5-5) on an off shooting night by NAIA All American Darrell Miller (4-12 from the field). The junior from John Overton High School scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half. Richmond Jackson added 16 points; Miller had 14 and 10 rebounds. Freshman Walter Arnold rounded out the players in double figures with 11.
"We didn't play our best especially down the stretch," said Fisk Head coach Jay Smith. "With finals this week it seemed like a lot of our guys heads were somewhere else. Cam stopped a couple of their runs with baskets. Nate (Mungo) gave us a lift with a couple of put backs. Rich's basket late gave us a nice cushion. They doubled Darrell a lot so we had to have others step up. The guys grinded it out. That's why you need to have a complete team."
Jackson's basket with 1:17 left in regulation gave the Bulldogs an 82-76 lead. Both teams then paraded to the free throw line six times each in the final minute. The Toppers' intent was to foul to get back in the game. Fisk stayed with their relentless full court pressure. Two free throws by Josh Sheppard with 54 seconds left cut the Bulldog lead to four points. Sheppard came off the bench to lead his team in points with 23 and rebounds with nine. The Toppers then had two opportunities to make it a one possession game in the final seconds but missed two shots. Miller's late rebound and two free throws sealed the deal for the Bulldogs."
"People may not agree with our approach but that how we play," said Smith when asked about the fouls in the final minute. "We play 90 feet the whole game. We gambled and were called for fouls late. Some were questionable. If we would have made a steal we would have had a lay-up on two different occasions when fouls were called on us. We held on, that's all that matters to me. I am concerned about all of the points we are giving up though. We know that we can score, we have to learn quick how to stop our opponent. It good to be back at .500. Now we need to go on a run before the conference season starts."