Pilots survive double overtime thriller at the Dock
November 22, 2004
Shreveport, La--- For the first time in their two year existence, Chad McDowell and his LSUS Pilots were taken into overtime; double overtime that is by the East Texas Baptist University Tigers. The Pilots escaped with a 118-115 win to improve to 5-0 on the year.
In the first half, the ETBU Tigers came out with an offensive explosion as they tore up the Pilot defense for 35 points in the first 8 minutes. A late Pilot run in the half cut the Tiger lead to 7 with a halftime score of 57-50. The Tigers spread the scoring with Chris Isom leading the way with 17 and 8 rebounds. Cedric Isom and Allen Colbert combined for 16 points each. Pilots leading scorer Fredericko Payne kept the Pilots alive with arguably his best half of the year. Payne poured in 23 points and created 2 Tiger turnovers in the final two minutes which led to Pilot buckets to keep the Pilots within reach. Frederick Hughes pitched in with 8 points and 3 assists. Derrick Hill pulled down 4 rebounds and had 5 blocked shots by the half. The Tigers shot 48% in half and were 4-9 from the three-point line. They made good on 11 of 15 free-throws. The Pilots shot 40% from the field despite being only 4 of 19 from beyond the arc. They completed 12 of 17 free throw attempts.
The second half proved to be one of the most exciting halves of basketball ever seen on the LSUS hardwood. The Pilots battled their way back into contention and took the lead for the first time with 5:22 remaining in regulation. However, ETBU found themselves in possession of the ball in the dying seconds with the ball in the hands of leading their leading scorer Chris Isom. Isom’s shot with 0:01 remaining left on the clock was blocked by Pilot Derrick Hill to keep the score knotted at 95-95, and the game headed into overtime.
The Pilots looked as if they were in complete control as they built a 6 point lead with only 1:00 remaining in the first overtime period. The Tigers capitalized on two crucial Pilot turnovers and tied the score at 106-106 with 0:04 remaining and had possession of the ball. The Tigers worked the ball down low to Jeremiah Pojah, but did not manage to get a shot off before the buzzer, and the game was sent into a second overtime period.
The second overtime saw the Pilots unable to convert on free throw attempts which allowed the Tigers to keep pace. Derrick Sowell however put the game out of reach with a highlight real slam dunk over Tigers Charles Chevalier to put the Pilots up 6 points in the dying moments. Chevalier later rebounded an LSUS missed free throw with 0:02 remaining and made a three-point shot from behind half court to make the final score 118-115.
The Tigers Offense was led by Chris Isom who finished the game with a very impressive 35 points and 15 rebounds. Cedrick Isom fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 9 to go along with 26 points. Allen Colbert had 17, Rodney Calhoun 13, and Charles Chevalier pitched in with 11 to round out the Tigers scoring. ETBU finished the game shooting 41% from the field, connecting on 7 of 21 three-point attempts, and 20 of 28 free throw attempts.
Fredericko Payne carried the load for the Pilots as he poured in a career high 44 points. Payne connected on 6 three-pointers and was the only Pilot who seemed to have success from the free throw line as he made good on 14 of 15 attempts. Derrick Sowell finished with his first double-double of the year collecting 26 points and 12 rebounds. Derrick Rogers pitched in with 21 points, followed by Pilot point guards Freddy Hughes who each finished with 11. Collins captured his first double-double of the year collecting 10 assists to go along with his 11 points. Derrick Hill failed to tally a single point in the game, but managed to make his presence felt under the rim collecting game highs with 17 rebounds and 9 blocks.
The Pilots have now improved to 5-0 on the year but are about to embark on a very tough 5 game road swing, starting with NCAA Division I opponent Northwestern State University Demons Wednesday night. The Pilots are looking to avenge an 88-80 road loss from last year suffered at the hands of the Demons. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30pm at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La
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