SHREVEPORT, La. – The no. 2 LSU Shreveport Pilots came up just short in their Red River Athletic Conference opener losing 105-104 to the Southwest Mustangs. The Pilots fall to 9-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play and the Mustangs improve to 3-7 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
• D.J. Clayton led the Pilots with 24 points. He added seven rebounds and four assists.
• Jamal Ray (SR/Texarkana, Texas) added another double-double to his season total with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
• Benjamin Batts (SR/Saginaw, Michigan) finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
• D’Angelo McClinton (JR/Shreveport, Louisiana) was 3-5 from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points.
• Stevie Clark (SR/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) added 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and six steals.
• Josh Robinson (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana) gave the Pilots 11 points and five rebounds off of the bench.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Both of the teams came out firing in the first half. The Pilots took a 48-42 lead into the halftime break.
• The Mustangs caught fire in the second half. They led by 14 with 6:10 remaining in the game.
• The Pilots were able to cut into the deficit with the help of their full court press and were down by three with five seconds remaining.
• D’Angelo McClinton was fouled right before the buzzer and went to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game.
• McClinton made the first two but the missed the third which was rebounded by the
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Pilots forced 20 turnovers and outscored the Mustangs 25-16 off of those turnovers.
• The Pilots outscored the Mustangs 44-32 in the paint.
• The Pilots’ bench outscored Southwest’s bench 19-2.
• The Mustangs hit 25 free throws to 13 for the Pilots.
FROM THE COACH
“Give Southwest a lot of credit,” said LSUS Head Coach Kyle Blankenship. “They played harder than us and made the big shots when they needed to. I did a poor job of getting our guys ready for this game. We have to do a better job of preparing them and putting them in a position to be successful. I failed at that over the past couple of days. There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have two nationally ranked conference opponents coming into our place the next couple of contests.”
• December 9 vs. 24Langston at The Dock at 4:00 p.m.
• December 13 vs 14LSU Alexandria at The Dock at 7:30 p.m.