Men's Basketball: Pilots lose tough game to end tournament streak
March 02, 2013
WAXAHACHIE, Tex. - The no. 21 LSU Shreveport Pilots saw their hopes of adding to their streak of seven consecutive conference tournament championships come to an end on Saturday afternoon as they fell to the St. Thomas Celts 69-63 in the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament. The streak began back in 2006 when they won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament and they carried it to their new conference won the past two RRAC Tourney titles.
LSUS (24-6) had only three shooters in double figures with Tevin Hall leading the way with 16 points off the bench while yesterday's leading scorers were separated by a single-point once again with Brandon Davis tossing in 15 and Mark Politte had 14. Davis added a dozen rebounds for the double-double.
Davis' 12 rebounds helped the Pilots win the battle on the boards 38-32.
Rodney Milum had only six points for the Pilots with one of 11 shooting and only one of nine from beyond the arc.
St. Thomas (27-5) shot 84-percent from the charity stripe going 21 for 25. Travis Lampley and Caleb Williams led the game with 21 points each while Deric Dudley had 11 and Bryan Kaase 10.
The Celts will advance to the title game on Monday night and the Pilots will await the NAIA National Tournament announcement on Wednesday to see when and if they play next.