Pilots 19 point halftime lead not enough to hold off Loyola
January 10, 2004The LSUS Pilots faced off against the Loyola Wolfpack of New Orleans Saturday afternoon looking to improve their Gulf Coast Athletic Conference record to 3-1 on the year. At the conclusion of the first half, the Pilots had complete control and a 36-17 lead.
In the second half however, it was the Wolfpack who took control of the scoring and the lead with three minutes remaining in the contest. Each team made some defensive stands in the dying minutes, including the forced turnover by Loyola with 14 seconds remaining in the game. Loyola found themselves down by a score of 63-62 with 9 seconds on the game clock when Zach Thomas was fouled and sent to the free-throw line for two shots. Thomas made both shots and gave Loyola a one point lead.
After a timeout by Pilots head coach Chad McDowell, the Pilots failed to score on their possession and were forced to foul, sending Loyola to the line with 1 second left in the game. The first shot was made followed by a miss on the second, but the Pilots did not have enough time to get the ball down the floor to try and tie the game.
Fredericko Payne finished with a game high 22 points in the losing effort for the Pilots. Travis Cash pitched in with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Daniel Schmidt led the Wolfpack with 17 points.
The Pilots fall to 8-7 on the year and to 2-2 in conference play. The Pilots take the floor again Monday night when they will face off against Dilliard University in New Orleans at 7:30pm.
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