KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No. 7 seed Dillard extended its stay in the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship by defeating No. 2 seed Hope International (Calif.), 111-91 in the first round on Thursday.
The Bleu Devils will face No. 6-seed Campbellsville (Ky.) on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Dillard blew the game open wide with a 17-5 run to start the second half, helped by a .595 shooting percentage in the second half.
The teams combined for 59 fouls. In addition, Dillard was 26-for-33 at the line and Hope International was 26-for-41.
The Bleu Devils’ 111 points is the most in the tournament this season and the most in a tournament regulation game since Point Park (Pa.) also put up 111 points in a 111-100 first-round win over Lipscomb (Tenn.) in 1997.
Dillard (22-10), was paced by Dennis Hightower with a game-high 38 points. He was instrumental in his team’s 69-point second-half explosion, scoring 32 after halftime. The junior was 11-for-19 from the field and 14-for-17 at the charity stripe.
Hightower was joined in double figures by Ramon Johnson (19), Dennis Reed (13), Jessie Ward and Dexter Porchia (both with 10). Reed posted a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Jordan Pellum paced Hope International (26-7) with 21 points, while Liam Hunt added 14 points.
Ramon Mejia (13), Bernard Ireland (12), and Dondre Bryant (11) also reached double digits.
LYON 58, LSU-SHREVEPORT 48: In Kansas City, Mo., Lyon claimed its first win in the national tournament, defeating No. 8 LSU Shreveport in first-round action.
Lyon’s Jamie Jackson had a game-high 25 points with a tournament single-game record of 10 steals.
LSU-Shreveport (21-9) was led by Kourtney Pennywell, who had 18 points.