WAXAHACHIE, Tex. - The second-ranked LSU Shreveport Pilots men's basketball team have added another team to their "Need to get even list" as they fell on the road to the fifth-ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lions on Tuesday night 83-72 in non-conference action.
LSUS Head Coach Kyle Blankenship had high praises for their opponent tonight, "Give SAGU all the credit. We were out hustled, out played and out coached tonight."
The toughness of the SAGU Lions (3-0) helped them overcome 19 turnovers forced by the Pilots' defense while their 43-percent shooting helped as well. The two big guards for the Lions led the team in scoring as Caleb Gentry had a double-dozen and Andrew Erskine poured in 20. The only other double figure scorer for the Lions was Caleb Feemster who notched a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Unfortunately, plenty of missed shots were on the menu tonight for the Pilots (1-2) as they shot a slim 31-percent from the field after 23 of 74 shooting on a night where the rebounds were even with both teams grabbing 44 rebounds, the Pilots pulled down 19 offensive boards.
Dundrecous Nelson led the Pilots in scoring with 17 points off the bench even though he was just two of nine from downtown. Brandon Davis turned in his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Tevin Hall tossed in 11 points and Mark Politte 10.
Coach Blankenship continued to praise SAGU, "They wanted it more than we did, and the final stat line is indicative of that. They beat us on every loose ball and they made all the hustle plays. Simply put, they just played a lot harder than us."
The Lions are now added to the list with St. Gregory's University, the team that took down the Pilots 103-97 on opening night in Humble, Texas. One thing is for sure that Coach Blankenship will have the Pilots ready to even the score for the rematches that the Pilots have coming up soon with the two teams that have already punched a tab in the Pilot's loss column so far this season.
The Pilots will face St. Gregory's at The Dock this Saturday (November 16) at 3 p.m. and then the no. 5 Lions make a trip to Shreveport for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on November 25 following the Pilots meeting with Centenary on November 19th at The Gold Dome.