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St. Thomas - Houston
(12)LSU Shreveport
Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 18, 2017
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St. Thomas (Texas) 11-18, 6-11 RRAC273360
LSU Shreveport 20-6, 12-4 RRAC353166
Feb. 18, 2017
Shreveport, LA
St. Thomas (Texas)Indv. LeadersLSU Shreveport
#22 Bryon Makel - 16Points #12 Rashard Owens - 22
#0 Paul Taulton - 8Rebounds #11 Greg Pollins - 6
#3 Kennard Robinson - 5Assists #2 Tyrell Springer - 9
St. Thomas (Texas)Team StatisticsLSU Shreveport
43.4% (23 - 53) Field Goals % 39.7% (23 - 58)
21.4% (3 - 14) 3 Point Field Goals % 32.1% (9 - 28)
61.1% (11 - 18) Free Throws 55% (11 - 20)
38Rebounds 33
7Assists 15
17Turnovers 12
62nd Chance Pts 17

SHREVEPORT, La. – The LSU Shreveport men's basketball team held off the pesky St. Thomas Celts on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day with a 66-60 win at The Dock in Red River Athletic Conference action. The Pilots improve to 20-6 overall and 12-4 in the RRAC while St. Thomas slips to 11-18 and 6-11 in the league.

"I'm really happy for our seniors finishing off their careers at The Dock on a high note," said LSUS coach Kyle Blankenship as the Pilots closed out their home slate with a record of 13-2 at the friendly confines of The Dock.

The Pilots led comfortably in the first half by as much as 17 when Rashard Owens (SR/Bossier City, Louisiana) made two of his game leading 22 points with 9:09 to play in the first half. LSUS even held a double-digit lead in the second half with 13:52 to play but that was the last time they did as the Celts slowly chipped away.

"St. Thomas is a really good basketball team. They present matchup problems for us, but our guys were resilient on the defensive end all game," added Blankenship as the Pilots forced 17 turnovers.

The Celts put the pressure on the Pilots in the game's final four and a half minutes as they never let them get a lead bigger than four points until the Pilots hit four free throws in the final 36 seconds of the game to seal the win.

"Tonight was a great team win. We had a bunch of different guys make big plays on both ends of the floor," Coach Blankenship said as the Pilots were led by Owens (22) while Springer (13) and Greg Pollins (SR/Texarkana, Texas) (10) also added double digits.

Owens made some big threes in crucial parts of the contest and finished 5-of-12 from beyond the arc while Pollins continued his pin-point accuracy from long range and made both of his attempts. Springer shared the basketball to lead all players with nine assists.

"Hopefully we can carry this momentum into next week where we have two huge road games to end the season," ended Blankenship.

UP NEXT
at Our Lady of the Lake on Friday (Feb. 24) at 7:30 p.m.
at Huston-Tillotson on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 7:30 p.m.

 
 
M - Basketball
Overall RRAC Streak
20-10 (.667) 12-6 (.667) Lost 4
 
 
 
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