LSUS extends win streak to 12 games with wins over No. 6 Union University and Vorhees College
December 05, 2005
Houston, TX---The LSUS Pilots traveled to the campus of Houston Baptist University to be part of the HBU Space City Classic this past weekend. Sporting a perfect 10-0 record, the Pilots were put to their biggest test of the season Friday night versus No.6 Union University Bulldogs. The Pilots prevailed with a 92-86 victory over the Bulldogs to improve to 11-0 and 3-0 on the season versus NAIA Top-25 teams.
The Top-10 showdown was everything it was expected to be as the two teams saw the score tied 12-times and exchanged the lead 15-times. Pilot guard Fredericko Payne collected a game high 30-points while teammate Shadrach Roome pitched in with 20-points and a game high 10-rebounds to lead the Pilot offense. Jeremy Johnston added 14-points and Josh Porter finished with 12-points and a game high three steals.
Ben Frederick collected 24-points and 9-rebounds for the Bulldogs who suffered their first loss of the season and fell to 9-1. Kinley Sellers pitched in with 18-points while Courtney Jones finished with 12-points, and Dewayne Lee added 10-points and three assists.
The Pilots were scheduled for action again less than 24-hours later versus a very tough Vorhees College Tigers team. The Tigers entered Saturday’s contest with a 6-2 record and looked as if they were primed and ready to upset the undefeated the Pilots as they took a 49-47 lead to the locker room at the half after shooting 52% (20-of-39) from the field which included 6-of-10 from the three-point line.
LSUS responded with a 58-point second half scoring barrage and defeated the Tigers by a final score of 105-83. Payne led the way with 26-points and four rebounds while teammate Anton Palmer followed with 22-points and eight rebounds. Porter collected 17-points and seven rebounds, while Roome added 14-points and seven boards, and Johnston pitched in with 13-points off the bench.
The Pilots improved to 12-0 on the season and remained as the only undefeated team at the Space City Classic at 2-0, and posted two players on the eight man All-Tournament Team.
Roome, a 6’8 senior center from the West Indies averaged 17-points and 8.5-rebounds per game and collected his fourth double-double of the season earning All-Tournament Team honors. The second Pilot posted to the All-Tournament squad was the tournament leading scorer and Most Valuable Player, Fredericko Payne.
Payne averaged a tournament high 28-points which included a 13-of-27 shooting performance from beyond the three-point line.