Pilots Improve to 7-0
November 29, 2007
Shreveport, La. - The LSUS men's basketball team ran their record to 7-0 on Wednesday night with a 78-76 victory over Texas College.
The Texas College Steers entered "The Dock" tonight with revenge on their minds, as the Pilots earned a 100-97 victory at Texas College earlier this season thanks to a last-second three-pointer by senior Josh Porter.
The Steers were playing with their seven-foot center Jeral Davis for the first time since Nov. 8, and he proved to be a factor on the defensive end early in the contest. Davis picked up three quick blocks and altered several other shots, keeping the Steers in the game for most of the first half.
Seniors Travis Cash and Josh Porter got hot early in the game from the outside, giving the Pilots a seven-point lead midway through the first half.
The Steers, however, would stay close and eventually tie the game at 36 heading into halftime courtesy of Davis and the offensive play of guard CZYZ Bennett.
Bennett finished the first half with 13 points for the Steers, while Cash (14) and Porter (11) also finished in double-figures for the Pilots.
Coming out of the break, the Pilots wanted to establish a low-post presence with Jamon Morris. Morris responded with three easy baskets, and used his size and strength to pick up fouls on the Steers' Davis, who eventually fouled out with four minutes left in the contest.
After the Pilots stretched the lead back to seven points (59-52), Bennett once again kept the Steers in the game with basket, after basket, after basket. Bennett torched the Pilots for a game-high 39 points tonight after scoring 35 in their previous contest earlier this season.
Despite Bennett's efforts, the Pilots proved to be the tougher and more experienced team down the stretch. Gutsy play from senior J'Quincy Jones, who battled a nagging injury all game, and a few big shots from Porter and Cash sealed the victory for the Pilots.
Cash finished the game with a team-high 20 points, and Morris picked up his fifth double-double on the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Porter and Jones rounded out the Pilot scorers in double-figures with 16 and 13 points. Point guard Jared Stevenson also added a game-high 7 assists.
LSUS (7-0) will have the rest of the week off before facing Wiley College (7-1) in Marshall next Tuesday night.