Badgers down Pilots 111-97 in double-overtime thriller
January 24, 2006
Shreveport, LA---The Spring Hill College Badgers used a tremendous team shooting performance to outlast the LSUS Pilots and take a 111-94 double-overtime victory at the Arthur R. Outlaw Center Monday.
LSUS trailed by as many as seven points late in the second half but managed to tie the score at 76-76 in the final minute of regulation. Pilot guard Fredericko Payne missed a baseline jumper as the shot clock was running out and the ball was rebounded by the Badgers. As the Badgers pushed the ball up the floor on a fast break, they committed a traveling turnover which awarded the Pilots the ball with just 10 seconds remaining.
Kyle Blankenship drove the lane in the dying seconds and dished off to Jeremy Johnston who was fouled and awarded two free-throw attempts with just 1.5 seconds left on the game clock.
Johnston missed both attempts which brought the 300+ rowdy Rams fans into a cheering frenzy as the two teams headed into overtime.
The Badgers continued to connect at a rapid pace from the field and built a six point lead which was squashed when Pilot shooting guard Josh Porter connected on a t the three point attempt with just six seconds remaining to tied the score at 89-89 and forced a second overtime session.
Cash Covington led the Badgers on a 22-5 run in the final session en route to a 111-94 victory to improve to 11-5 on the year, and more importantly to 4-1 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference which is good enough for a share of first place with the University of Mobile Rams.
Freshman point guard Jeremy Price led all scorers with 30 points which included 4-of-8 from the three-point line and a 10-of-11 display from the charity stripe. Krisner Green followed with 24 points while Noah Woolridge added 18 points. Covington caught fire in the overtime session and finished with 16. Barkley Faulkner rounded off the Badgers offense with 14 points and a team high eight rebounds.
Payne led the Pilots with 22 points while Porter finished with 19 points. Anton Palmer added 17 points and teammate Shadrach Roome added 13 points. Johnston rounded off the Pilots offense with 14 points and a team high six rebounds in a game which saw the Pilots outrebounded by an opponent for the first time the this season by a final margin of 45-36.
The Pilots are idle until next Saturday night when they will play host to the William Carey College Crusaders at The Dock. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.