Pilots Cruise to Victory in Home Opener
November 13, 2007
Shreveport, La. - The LSUS Pilots men's basketball team picked up their their fifth consecutive home-opening victory since the program was restored in 2003 with Monday night's victory 83-68 victory over Jarvis Christian College in front of a near capacity crowd.
The Pilots jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead just 3 minutes into the game and would never look back. The early 10-4 run to start the game was capped off by an emphatic, alley-oop dunk by NAIA All-American Josh Porter.
In his first game back at "The Dock" since suffering a life-threating neck injury almost one year ago, Porter returned to a standing ovation as he was introduced in tonight's starting line-ups.
After being saddled with three fouls and only two points at the break, Porter exploded in the second half for 17 points to help lead the Pilots to victory.
Leading 38-24 at the half, the Pilots quickly stretched their lead out to 23 points over the first five minutes of the second half. However, the Pilots lead would be cut down to 10 points after the Bulldogs went on a 19-6 run over the next 8 minutes.
The Pilots responded with a quick 8-0 run of their own over the next 2 minutes, including three consecutive baskets by Porter, to seal the victory.
Poter finished the contest with a team-high 19 points.
Senior Jamon Morris, third in the country last season in double-doubles, added 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to record his second double-double this season.
Starters J'Quincy Jones (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Clarke Jackson (10 points) each finished in double-figures for the Pilots.
LSUS (4-0) will have a week off to nurse some injuries which forced two players to miss tonight's game (Travis Cash and Cody Walker), before facing East Texas Baptist University in Marshall on Tuesday, November 20.