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(New Orleans) The Dillard Bleu Devils' basketball team lost to the Texas College Steers 75-62 on Saturday afternoon on the Battlefield in Dent Hall.
It was homecoming for the Bleu Devils, who lost for the second time to Texas College in their first five games of the season.
The Bleu Devils had trouble getting things started after the opening tip, sputtering out the gate offensively, while Texas College executed their offense to perfection, specifically from the outside. The Steers raced out to an 18-7 lead before Bleu Devil Terry Church entered the game and made an instant impact. Church scored eight-straight points, including two three-pointers, kick starting the Bleu Devils offense and bringing Dillard to within five points at 23-28. The Bleu Devils (0-5) continued to fight and scratch their way back into the game and late in the first half, a three-pointer by Jordan Kilson tied the game at 31-31, the first tie of the game since 0-0. Texas College responded with a 5-0 run to lead 41-36, but the Bleu Devils showed great resilience, responding to Texas College's run with yet another run of their own. It was the Bleu Devils Jordan Kilson, who again made a major impact, hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer to send both teams to the locker room tied at 41-41.
Terry Church led the Bleu Devils at the break, shooting lights out with 16 points, including 2-for-2 from the three-point line and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Jordan Kilson chipped in with 9 points and 2 assists in the first half for the Bleu Devils. As a team, the Bleu Devils shot 4-for-4 as a team from behind the three-point arc in the first half.
In the second half, the Bleu Devils came out with more hot shooting led this time by Lance Theard. Theard wasted no time making his presence felt. A three-pointer by Theard gave the Bleu Devils their first lead of the game at 44-41. Theard scored the first eight points of the second half for the Bleu Devils. A jumper by Zack Harmon gave Dillard their largest lead of the game at 51-47. Unable to keep the momentum going, Texas College scored 11 straight points for a 58-51 lead, prompting Dillard to call time out. Following the Bleu Devils timeout, Dillard started with the miscues that have haunted them thus far this season, turnovers and stalling on offense for long periods of time. Texas College outscored the Bleu Devils 12-4 following another Dillard timeout to take their largest lead of the game at 70-55, which all but sealed the victory.
Dillard struggled with their shooting in the second half, shooting only 27% from the field and 2-for-8 from 3-point range. Terry Church led the Bleu Devils with 21 points and 9 rebounds. The Bleu Devils shot 6-for-12 from the 3-point line for the entire game as a team. Jamal Robertson lead Texas College with 23 points and 4 assists.
The Bleu Devils will be back in action on Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00p.m. when they travel to Lake Charles, Louisiana to take on McNeese State University in an exhibition game.