SHREVEPORT, La. - Will Nelson finished off a perfect 3-0 week for the Pilots with 50 points and 16 rebounds guiding the LSU Shreveport Pilots to their 10th straight victory with a 116-109 win over Our Lady of the Lake University Saints on Saturday night in front of a packed house at The Dock in Red River Athletic Conference action. The Pilots overcame a double-digit deficit of 14 points halfway through the first half to hold a five point lead at the half.
"Our guys did a great job of overcoming adversity early in the game; that shows the type of character this team has. We did a great job of taking care of the basketball tonight. Will did another great job tonight, he has accepted his role and he gives us the dominance we need in the paint," said LSUS head coach Kyle Blankenship.
Nelson's 50 points ties for second in the LSUS single game record book with Brance Davenport while Rodney Milum still holds to record with 53 points set last year against Paul Quinn. Nelson was 11 of 20 shooting tonight and shot a total of 34 free throws, one more than the entire OLLU team. He made 28 from the charity stripe which sets a new LSUS single game record surpassing current Athletic Director Chad McDowell who made 21 against Loyola back in Feb. of 1994. The rest of his 22 points came in the paint helping the Pilots to 50 paint points as the Pilots were eight points better there than their opponents.
Brandon Davis also turned in a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds on six of nine shooting and he was 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Dundrecous Nelson found his stroke from downtown making four of five before fouling out in the second half with 17 points.
Tevin Hall had the game's high of seven assists by his name in the box score and he poured in 13 points as well to cap off the Pilots' four double-digit scorers.
The Pilots shot 53-percent from the field and 40-percent from beyond the arc making six out of 15.
Two things describe the Saints team, no. 1 they love to shoot three's and no. 2 they foul, a lot. The Saints had a total of 43 tries from the three point line; thankfully they only made a dozen. They still managed to shoot 45-percent from the field as they gathered 42 points in the paint.
Xavier Roberson led the visitor's with 34 points on 11 of 17 shooting including five of nine from downtown. Brock Hunter had 22 points and CJ Martinez had 16.
The Pilots held a lead as big as 15 in the contest with 12:17 to play in the game but the Saints made a charge at the end but the Pilots were able to make enough free-throws to remain unbeaten in RRAC play.
The next game for the Pilots will be next Saturday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Dock against the Southwest Mustangs.
"We are playing well right now and we will go to work to get ready for another tough game next Saturday night," Blankenship concluded.