Pilots crush Texas College in regular season finale
February 27, 2012
SHREVEPORT, La. - Derrick Parker and Greg Shyne led the Pilots to a 74-50 convincing win over the Texas College Steers on Monday night at The Dock in the final game of the regular season in front of the largest crowd of the year of 1,025 on Senior Night.
LSUS (22-7, 20-4 RRAC) had a dominating performance in the paint outscoring the Steers 40-14 including a 20-2 thrashing in the first half as they put together a 15-2 run in the last six minutes of the first half for an 11-point 32-21 halftime lead. The defense came up big for the Pilots holding the steers to just 25% shooting in the first half of play.
The no. 14 Pilots continued in the second half polishing the halftime lead to 42-29 outscoring of Texas College in the second half. LSUS had good transition outscoring the Steers 10-0 on fast breaks while netting a dozen points off TC's 13 turnovers while only surrendering 2 turnover points.
Texas College (17-13, 13-11 RRAC) had a tough time with the LSUS defense as the Steers offense only netted 33% of their shots and was just six of 22 from beyond the arc.
Parker claimed another double-double leading all scorers and rebounders with 23 points with a 10-19 performance from the field and 11 rebounds. Shyne tossed in 22 points after nailing three from downtown in six attempts and was a perfect three of three from the charity stripe.
Despite Shyne's success at the free-throw line the Pilots would like to forget about their performance from the line making just 12 of 22 but it came on a night where they did not need the points but would have loved to have had them as they could have put the game on ice even earlier than they did.
Aubin Young had another great game for the Pilots underneath grabbing five defensive rebounds and finished with six total while converting of three of five attempts from the field netting a total of six points. Cody Walker scored four points but had seven key rebounds and led the team with five assists in the game while Isiah Bazile finished with four assists.
Jake Greene finally energized the crowd that had grown comfortable with the lead as they stood to their feet to cheer the long-range shooter as he drained a long three late in the second half to finish with five points as he added a pair of free-throws before the end of the night. Rydell Harris added six points and pulled down four rebounds with two assists.
Jacoby Marshall helped the Pilots complete the win as he entered the game in the second half. Next year he will join the coaching staff at LSUS as a student-assistant.
LSUS pulled down a total of 47 rebounds compared to the Steers 30.
The six Pilot seniors, Parker, Shyne, Bazile, Young, Walker, and Marshall, did not disappoint in their final game at The Dock as they put together another great performance to lock up the #2 seed for the Pilots in this year's RRAC Tournament which begins play on Friday in Waxahachie, Texas. LSUS will take on the 7th seeded Texas College Steers again at 2:00 this Friday in the first round match-up.