KANSAS CITY, Mo. – No. 6 seed Campbellsville (Ky.) qualified for the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship with an 81-73 win over sixth-seeded Dillard (La.). The Tigers take on the winner of No. 1-seeded LSU Alexandria (La.) and No. 5-seeded Carroll (Mont.) in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. CDT.
Elliott Young led the way for Campbellsville with 22 points and eight rebounds, converting 4 of 7 three-point shots. Sekou Harris chipped in with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists, Dii’jon Allen-Jordan added 13 points, eight rebounds and six steals, while Hagen Tyler tallied 12 points.
"This is incredible because not a lot of people are realizing what we have done this year," said Campbellsville head coach Keith Adkins. "We had a couple of season-ending injuries (Rod Lawrence and Erik Kinney). We have changed our style this year and the team has been very receptive. I couldn't be more proud of how the guys have battled all season."
Campbellsville (24-10) forced 10 turnovers in the first half on the way to a 37-28 lead at intermission, limiting Dillard to 10 of 33 shooting (.303) that included two three-point shots on 10 attempts. The middle third of the half was a pivotal stretch for the Tigers, who turned a 10-9 deficit into a 26-16 advantage thanks to six points from Harris.
The second half saw the Tigers’ advantage swell between one and 10 points throughout the second half before Harris and Elliott Young helped finish off the game with conventional three-point plays prior to four free throws by Rob Robinson.
“I didn’t think we played our best basketball tonight,” said Dillard head coach Mike Newell. “We made a lot of mental mistakes and you can’t do that in March. This group accomplished a lot of great things, but we didn’t win a national championship, and that’s why I came to Dillard.”
Campbellsville shot 51.7 percent in the second half (15 of 29), including 6 of 12 from beyond the arc. Dillard owned the battle of the boards with a 50-40 advantage, but the Tigers committed just 10 turnovers and recorded 12 steals.
Demetric Austin scored a game-high 23 points, hitting all 10 of his free throws, to go along with 11 rebounds for the Bleu Devils. Dennis Reed also pulled down 11 rebounds, while Dennis Hightower recorded 19 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Dillard finishes its season with a 22-11 record.