Pilots Dunk SAGU at The Dock

Pilots Dunk SAGU at The Dock

SHREVEPORT, La. - The LSU Shreveport Pilots played much better basketball on Monday night at The Dock on their way to an 84-75 win over former Red River Athletic Conference foe, the SAGU Lions. The much needed win by the Pilots hands the Lions their first loss of the season and they are still winless at The Dock in six tries.
SHREVEPORT, La. - The LSU Shreveport Pilots played much better basketball on Monday night at The Dock on their way to an 84-75 win over former Red River Athletic Conference foe, the SAGU Lions. The much needed win by the Pilots hands the Lions their first loss of the season and they are still winless at The Dock in six tries.

LSUS freshman Josh Walker had a big night sinking 18 points off the bench and made some critical threes when the Pilots needed them the most. "Josh Walker gave us a huge lift off the bench tonight. He's a very talented player and I'm very happy with what he brings to our program.
Walker hit one from downtown to put the Pilots up by 14 with 13:52 to play in the second half but the visitors came roaring back to within one when SAGU's Caleb Feemster knocked down a three of his on trimming the LSUS lead to 72-71 with 5:06 to play.

In the past this was the time the games had slipped away from the Pilots but tonight they put their stamp on the last five minutes for the much needed win as they made some stops on the defensive end and capitalized on the other end.

Will Nelson rattled the rim with a big dunk that put the icing on the cake with 55 seconds to play on a night where he led the Pilots with 22 points and pulled down five rebounds. Brandon Davis turned in his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds while Mark Politte added 10 points.
The Pilots (2-4) took care of the ball better tonight as they only turned it over a total of eight times while the defense forced SAGU into 12 miscues. LSUS had 15 points off the SAGU turnovers while the Pilots eight turnovers only put eight points on the board for the visitors.

SAGU (5-1) made all 13 of their free-throws in the second half while the Pilots made 20 of 27 from the charity stripe.
Next the Pilots will face another tough test as they will battle no. 2 Oklahoma Baptist at Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth, Texas, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Texas Wesleyan at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Coach Blankenship knows this weekend is crucial to find out where the team is, "This weekend will be a great test to see if we are moving in the right direction."
The Pilots are now 2-4 with a win against a top 5 opponent and Coach Blankenship says the Pilots could be starting to click, "We haven't started the season the way we'd like to, but we are starting to play better basketball and do the little things it takes to win."
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