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(Talladega, Al.) The Dillard Bleu Devils entered Saturday's contest on a six-game losing streak and attempted to dethrone the defending GCAC champs in Talladega; however, the game suddenly stopped with 11:02 left on the clock as Talladega led Dillard 72-53. Referees said the game ended early due to issues with the floor staying wet for an extended amount of time, risking unnecessary injury to the players.
The Tornadoes, the NAIA's sixth ranked team, came into the game riding an eight-game winning streak but by halftime found themselves leading by only two points thanks to a sensational first half from Bleu Devils and junior forward Jarrain Jenkins (JR/White Castle, LA) who was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and had a game-high 15 points. The Bleu Devils produced nine assists on 15 buckets in the half. Their ball movement looked suburb and even unstoppable at times against a much more athletic and aggressive Tornadoes squad, that is until the first portion of the second half where Talladega went on a 34-17 run thanks to 2014 GCAC Tournament MVP Shondell Stewart who finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Stewart also grabbed a game-high seven boards for TC.
As a team Dillard (2-13, 0-1 GCAC) shot 52 percent from the field while allowing its opponents to shoot 57 percent. Junior Tyrone Williams (JR/Marrero, LA) finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field while sophomore Houston Chatman (SO/Houma, LA) chipped in with 12 points and tied for a team-high three assists.
On Saturday, January 10, Dillard continues conference play and travels to South Carolina for a game against Voorhees College. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.