ALEXANDRIA, La. – The home venue for the LSUA Generals has not seen an opposing team escape with a victory until tonight as the Pilots became the first team to win at The Fort to complete the season sweep of their in-state rival with an 88-79 victory in Red River Athletic Conference action. The 4th – ranked Pilots improve to 20-2 overall and 10-2 in the RRAC while the 13th – ranked Generals fall to 17-6 and 9-3. LSUA had won 48 home games in a row at The Fort since 2013 which was the first year of the program.
FROM THE COACH
"I'm so happr for our players and this program," said LSUS Head Coach Kyle Blankenship. "Our guys were locked in at practice yesterday when we talked about what it would take to come away with a win tonight.Offensively we caused a lot of matchup problems for them, but tonight's game was won on the defensive end. We did a great job of eliminating transition baskets and making them play in the halfcourt."
• Stevie Clark (SR/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) led the Pilots with 24 points as he made all 10 attempts from the free-throw line and went 6-of-13 from the field including a pair of makes from beyond the arc as he played all 40 minutes. Clark also dished out the team high of five assists.
• Josh Robinson (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana) made 6-of-9 from downtown and finished with 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds and played all 40 minutes.
• Jamal Ray (SR/Texarkana, Texas) added his 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds and he contributed four assists in nearly 39 minutes on the floor.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Pilots shot 54-percent making 30-of-55 attempts while LSUA made just 40-percent (31-76).
• The difference in the game was the Pilots' 19-of-27 from the charity stripe and 9-of-20 from the three-point line while LSUA made only 5-of-24 from downtown and 12-of-13 from the free-throw line.
• Lubin made the first bucket of the game finishing a pass from Clayton to give the Pilots the lead and they would never look back as they led the whole game.
• LSUS built as much as a 13-point lead in the first half but the Generals made a few buckets in the final two minutes to pull within seven of the Pilots at the half.
• The Pilots stretched their lead to as much as 18 in the second half where they held a double-digit lead for the most part of the period.
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