Pilots Crush Rams
January 23, 2012SHREVEPORT, La. - Greg Shyne led the Pilots in scoring again with 23 points, most of which came in the second half, as the Pilots dominated the second half for a 90-60 win over the Huston-Tillotson Rams on Monday night at The Dock.
Shyne made just a pair of points in the first half blazed the nets in the second half making three of six from beyond the arc to lead the Pilots to their third straight win. LSUS (11-6, 9-3 RRAC) started to pull away from the Rams early in the second half as they trailed by two 44-42. The Pilots posted a 13-2 in which Shyne counted for five of the 13 points and Parker had four to give the Pilots an 11-point advantage 55-46 with 14 minutes to go.
The home team outscored the visitors the rest of the way 35-14 for the blowout win.
In addition to Shyne the Pilots had three more reach double figures as Derrick Parker turned in his 13th double-double on the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds including six blocks while Mark Politte tossed in a dozen points off the bench. Aubin Young scored 10 points and pulled down six boards as the Pilots won the battle on the glass 51-43. Cody Walker and Isiah Bazile each had seven points.
The crowd was not disappointed late in the game as they were treated to some long threes and strong play underneath. Jayce Barnum was tough on the boards and collected five rebounds and scored two points in just four minutes while Jake Greene and Chris Mitchell both hit long shots from beyond the arc. Rydell Harris saw 17 minutes of action and scored five points and pulled down nine rebounds, the most by any player off the bench.
HTU (0-18, 0-14 RRAC) have now lost 21 straight games dating back to last year but they gave a valiant effort especially with their strong play in the first half. But the fouls took a toll on them in the second half as they saw two players foul out as the Pilots wore them down. Lance Richardson turned in the only double-double for the visitors with 17 points and the game-high 16 rebounds while Ronzelle Fort and Charles Jones each scored 14 points. Justin King had 10.
The Pilots had the upper hand at the charity stripe in a game that saw a total of 51 free-throws shot between the two teams with LSUS making 76% while the Rams made 66%.
LSUS led by as much as 10 in the first half but found themselves down by one at the half as the Rams mounted a comeback to take lead in a half in which each team gained the lead three times. The Rams lead only got to as much as four. The Pilots led 35-25 with three minutes to go in the first half until HTU went on a 14-3 run to end the half.
The next game for the Pilots will be this Thursday, Jan. 26, at The Dock against the Wiley Wildcats in their first meeting of the season.