SHREVEPORT, La. - Brandon Davis became just the 12th LSU Shreveport basketball player to reach the 1,000-point club as he added another double-double in the 13-ranked Pilots' 89-86 win over the Bacone Warriors on Saturday night at The Dock in front of a packed house on Senior Night in Red River Athletic Conference play. Davis knocked down 33 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. The Pilots have now won 16 of their last 17 games including five in a row.
LSUS head coach Kyle Blankenship was pleased with his squad's performance, "I'm very proud of our team effort for battling the entire 40 minutes. It took every ounce of energy and effort we had in us to come away with the victory."
The Pilots (19-6, 14-1 RRAC) trailed by one at the break but opened the second half on a 14-2 run over the first five minutes to pull away but not for long as Bacone came back and took a one point lead late in the contest. LSUS made some big free throws in the game's final minute to pull away by three forcing Bacone to throw up a desperation three which did not come near the basket.
LSUS found themselves in foul trouble during the last half of the second half as Tevin Hall and Will Nelson each had four fouls. Hall managed to finish the game foul-free but Nelson was fouled out when he was called for a questionable foul. Davis picked up the slack and carried the torch leading the Pilots to victory.
Davis' special night came on the night when the five seniors were honored before the game and he did not disappoint in one of his final games at The Dock. This is the second game in a row where he scored more than 20 points and grabbed at least 20 rebounds. Coming into tonight's game he needed 26 points to eclipse the 1,000-point club and he did that no problem.
"Brandon had a special night, to score over 1,000 career points in less than 50 career games is an incredible feat," added Coach Blankenship. "He really carried us down the stretch when Will fouled out," ended Coach Blankenship.
Nelson added a double-double before fouling out in 28 minutes of action with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dundrecous Nelson added a quiet 20 points on a night where he was nine of 12 from the free throw line and made two of three from downtown.
The Pilots shot 51-percent from the field and 76-percent (23-30) from the charity stripe.
Matt Qualls led the visitors with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds on a night where his team shot 42-percent for the game.
LSUS will host 20th-ranked Wiley on Tuesday night at The Dock at 7:30 p.m. in their final home game of the 2014 season.
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