SHREVEPORT, La. - The no. 2 LSU Shreveport Pilots pleased the crowd on Saturday night at The Dock coming away with their first win of the season, a 10-point win 93-83 over the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers. The smallest man on the court Joseph James had a big night finishing with 21 points leading the Pilots in scoring as LSUS had five in double figures.
LSUS (1-1) got off to a hot start but the flame flickered a little toward the end of the first half allowing USAO to pull within six by halftime. James, the 5-7 junior, hit one of his five three's with 6:38 to play in the first half that gave the Pilots a 14-point advantage until the Drovers found their own stride from downtown to get the deficit by to single digits.
Brandon Davis turned in his usual 20-point game and also collected eight rebounds. Will Nelson was big again for the Pilots under the bucket on both ends of the floor as he collected another double-double finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds and was seven of 10 from the charity stripe in 35 minutes of action.
Tevin Hall finished with 14 points while Kenny Stewart provided a solid presence with eight rebounds and 10 points helping the Pilots to 40 points in the paint. Mark Politte led the Pilots with six assists while adding seven points and a pair of rebounds.
USAO (0-2) played tough in the second half as Kennis White's two free throws tied the game at 70 with 7:10 to play. The Pilots turned it on and pulled back away for the visitors by as much as 13 late in the second half.
The Drovers were led by the game's leading scorer Tyler Reynolds with a double-dozen 24 points while netting 10 of 16 from the field and three from downtown in seven tries. LSUS now leads the series 2-1 against USAO.
The Pilots will hit the road for an exhibition game on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Tarleton State. Then the Pilots travel to Waxahachie, Texas, to battle with 5th ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University, a former Red River Athletic Conference foe. The Pilots return to The Dock on Saturday, November 16th at 3 p.m. to take on St. Gregory's University.
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