Pilots rewrite LSUS record book with 153-108 victory over Tigers
November 06, 2005
Shreveport, LA---It is a rare occasion that a team surrenders 108 points and still comes out on the winning end of a 45 point landslide victory. The LSUS Pilots (2-0) did just that Saturday night at the Dock as the crowd of 935 people witnessed a 153-108 victory over the Paul Quinn College Tigers (0-1) which set four new LSUS records; most points in a single game with 153 (previous record was 118 , 11/06/04); most field goals made in a single game with 57 (previous record was 43, 12/18/1995); three point field goals made in a single game with 22 (previous record was 17, 11/06/04); and assists in a single game with 43 (previous record was 31, 1/25/1994).
Jeremy Johnston sparked a 15-5 run with six points to start the half which was capped off by a Derrick Sowell slam dunk that electrified the LSUS campus forcing the Tigers to call their first timeout at the 16:00.
A three point field goal by Antwan Habersham at the 11:00 mark pulled the Tigers to within nine points, but that is as close as they would come on this night as the Pilots exploded for 75 first half points, including 22 points from leading scorer Fredericko Payne who connected on 7-12 shooting which included 6-10 from beyond the three point line.
The Pilots took a 75-54 lead into the half after shooting 56% (27-48) from the field. Four Pilots reached double digits in the first half which included Payne with 22, Josh Porter with 13, Anton Palmer 11, and Johnston with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Damien Chishlom led the Tiger offense with 17 first half points while Habersham finished with 11 and teammate Alonzo Butler pitched in with 10. The Tigers shot 42% (18-43) from the field which included 4-14 from beyond the three point line.
The scoring barrage continued in the second half as the Pilots poured in 78 points after connecting on 30-46 field goal attempts including an astounding 13-23 from the three point line. LSUS went on to win by a final score of 153-108, to improve to 2-0 on the season and improved to 25-3 overall at the Dock since the 2003-2004 season.
“Everything we did on offense tonight seemed to work. When we created an open shot we knocked it down,” commented Pilot Head Coach Chad McDowell.
The LSUS offensive attack was highlighted with seven players scoring double-digits including Payne with his second 30 point performance of the season. Palmer finished with his second double-double of the season finishing with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Porter added 21 points; Johnston finished with 15; Sowell 13 points and five rebounds; Freddy Hughes finished a perfect 5-5 from the floor collecting 12 points and nine assist; and Shadrach Roome finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Kyle Blankenship collected a game high 10 assists and added three points while freshman Damien Goff connected on three consecutive three point attempts late in the second half for 9 points.
“With the scoring threats we have on floor and on the bench, it is going to be very tough for a defense to focus on just one or two guys. Rico and Palmer had a very good night. Tomorrow it could be someone else,” concluded McDowell.
The Tigers finished shooting 43% from the field and had six players reach double-digit scoring totals; Chishlom finished with a team high 28 points; Butler had 17 points and seven rebounds; Habershaw finished with 14 points; Channing Coffey added 11; and Amahad Jennings and Jonathan Alexander added 10 points each.
At 2-0 on the season the Pilots will now take to the road on a trip that will include three exhibition games versus NCAA Division I opponents, the first being Thursday night when they will square off against the McNeese State Cowboys in Lake Charles, LA. The Pilots will then travel to Fayetteville, AR to take on the University of Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday night, and then will make their was south to Baton Rouge, LA to take on the LSU Tigers Tuesday night.
“This will be a huge test for our guys. We have proven that we can score, now we get to test what I believe is the best defense we have ever put on the floor,” concluded McDowell.
The Pilots will return home to the Dock November 17th when they will play host to Texas Wesleyan University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.
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