|Mar. 3, 2017|
|Langston (Okla.)||Indv. Leaders||LSU Shreveport|
|#2 Curtis Jones - 25||Points||#11 Greg Pollins - 14|
|#0 Daryle Morgan, Jr. - 8||Rebounds||#33 David Holmes - 7|
|#25 Jamal McDowell - 6||Assists||#2 Tyrell Springer - 4|
|Langston (Okla.)||Team Statistics||LSU Shreveport|
|44.8% (26 - 58)||Field Goals %||45.3% (29 - 64)|
|23.1% (3 - 13)||3 Point Field Goals %||16.7% (3 - 18)|
|70.6% (24 - 34)||Free Throws||86.7% (13 - 15)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU Shreveport Pilots men's basketball team finished with four players in double figures but it was not enough as they fell to the Langston Lions 79-74 in the Geico Red River Athletic Conference Tournament at Rapides Coliseum on Friday night. The Pilots drop to 20-9 on the season while the Lions take a 22-8 record into the title game against no. 1 LSU Alexandria tomorrow.
"We dug too big of a hole versus a really good basketball team and we ran out of gas in the final minutes," said LSUS coach Kyle Blankenship. "I was proud of the fight we showed, but ultimately Langston was the tougher and more disciplined team tonight. I still feel like we have a really good basketball team that can compete on any given night."
The Pilots trailed by as much as 21 with 13:14 to play in the game and compete they did. They rallied as they worked hard to trim the deficit to single digits with 5:32 to play after a bucket from Josh Walker (SR/Fairview, Louisiana) who finished with 10 points. Benjamin Batts (JR/Saginaw, Michigan) also netted 10 points as he made 2-of-5 from long range.
Greg Pollins (SR/Texarkana, Texas) led the Pilots with 14 points while David Holmes (SO/Shreveport, Louisiana) and Tyrell Springer (SR/Springfield, Massachusetts) each tossed in 12. Springer was also the assist leader (4) and also had the most steals (4).
The Lions made the most of their chances from the charity stripe as they sank 24-of-34 while the Pilots made 13 of their 15 attempts.
The Pilots will now wait until Wednesday evening to see who they will play in the Buffalo Funds NAIA National Tournament (March 15-21) at Kansas City's historic Municipal Auditorium. LSUS does not have an automatic bid but their no. 15 ranking almost guarantees them an at-Large berth.
NAIA National Tournament Announcement Wednesday at 6 p.m. on naia.org
|20-10 (.667)||12-6 (.667)||Lost 4|