Davis impresses in debut as Pilots roll past HTU
January 05, 2013
SHREVEPORT, La. - Brandon Davis was the star in his season debut with 31 points and 20 rebounds leading the LSU Shreveport Pilots to a 115-85 trouncing of the Huston-Tillotson Rams on Saturday night at The Dock in Red River Athletic Conference play.
Davis checked into the game for the first time as a Pilot just three minutes into the game and his first bucket came nearly two minutes later when he knocked one down from downtown to put the Pilots up by 10 with 15:27 to play in the first half. Davis was one of five Pilots that finished the game scoring double figures.
Rodney Milum tossed in 27 while Rydell Harris had 20. Aaron Jones had a dozen points while Breion Beaver had 11 off the bench. Harris recorded his 5th double-double of the season pulling down 11 rebounds to help the Pilots win the battle on the boards 55-48. Mark Politte finished one bucket shy of double digit points finishing with eight points but managed a double figure with 10 assists.
The Pilot defense was also on their game forcing 21 steals in the game with Milum and Politte leading the way with five each helping the Pilots to force a total of 29 turnovers.
Isaac Reid tossed in a quiet seven points with one earth shattering dunk to accompany a couple of block shots on the defensive end of the floor.
LSUS (8-3, 4-2 RRAC) dominated the first half tossing up 66 points for a 66-37 halftime lead. The Pilots were on fire as the spent the majority of the first half over 70-percent from the three-point line but cooled off to eight of 14 (57%) by the break. Davis had secured his double-double with 14 points and 11 boards in only 12 minutes of action in the first half.
The Pilots cooled off somewhat in the second half only outscoring the visitors by one but had built a big enough advantage to hold off the potential comeback of the Rams. LSUS shot 42-percent in the second half and was only one of 10 from beyond the arc but did finish the game at 72-percent from the charity stripe making 18 of 25.
HTU (2-12, 1-7 RRAC) struggled early and dug too deep a hole to climb out of against the Pilots who seemed to hit everything they shot in the first half. The Rams shot just 39-percent from the floor and was nine of 29 from downtown.
The Rams finished with four scorers in double figures with Demetrius Smith leading the way with a double-double performance with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
The next game for the Pilots will be on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at The Dock as they take on the Saints of Our Lady of the Lake University.
To read more on tonight's game in the Shreveport Times click here.