Payne powers Pilots past Evangels at SAGU Pepsi Classic
November 18, 2005
Waxahachie, TX---The LSUS Pilots (4-0) connected on 11-19 three-point attempts in the first half and built a 63-44 lead at the half over the Mid-America Christian University Evangels (4-5) Friday night in the first round of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Pepsi Classic. Fredericko Payne connected on 10-16 field goal attempts for a game high 28 points to lead all scorers in the 109-83 Pilot victory over the Evangels.
Payne connected on seven of his first eight three-point attempts and collected 23 first half points. Teammate Josh Porter followed with a 9-15 performance from the field which included 4-8 from the three-point line for 18 points to put the Pilots up 63-44 at the half.
Five Pilots reached double figures with Payne leading the way with 28 points and seven assists; Porter finished with 25 points and four assist; Freddy Hughes, Jeremy Johnston, and Carlon Simmons rounded off the Pilots scoring coming off the bench and adding 10 points a piece.
The Evangels Steven Thomas connected on 12-19 from the field for 25 points and collected 10 rebounds for the games only double-double. Teammate Donald Thorne added 24 points and 7 rebounds while Willie Johnson collected 18 points and eight rebounds.
The Pilots will be in action again tomorrow afternoon versus Dallas Christian College looking to match their 5-0 start from the 2004-2005 season. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00pm.
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