Pilots thump Langston for ninth straight win after soaring into Top 25
February 06, 2012
LANGSTON, Okla. - The LSU Shreveport Pilots men's basketball team took over the C. F. Gayles' Fieldhouse on Monday night for a 74-45 victory over the Langston Lions in Red River Athletic Conference play. The Pilots have won nine in a row and 14 of their last 15 games leading them to a no. 18 ranking in the NAIA Top 25 poll that was released by the national office just before tonight's game.
Greg Shyne made a pair of free-throws to start the scoring and the Pilots never looked back as they never trailed in the contest. LSUS (17-6, 15-3 RRAC) shot the ball well in the first half hitting 57% from the field as they took a 17-point lead in the locker room at the half.
Shyne's free-throws to start the game was just the beginning of what he would do as he finished with 21 points to lead all scorers while Aubin Young (15) and Derrick Parker (12) also finished with double-figures. Parker's dozen points helped the Pilots to outscore the Lions 34-20 in the paint.
Langston (5-18, 5-13 RRAC) had a tough time getting off good shots as the Pilots defense held them to 32% from the field in a game where they only had one reach double figures as Charles Tucker had 14 points off the bench.
The home team tried to keep pace with the Pilots via the three-point line but they came up short making only three, all in the first half, of 21 total attempts while LSUS tossed up 10 of their own in the first half, making four, but slowing things down in the second half going 0-4 from downtown.
The Pilots will next meet the Southwest Mustangs this Saturday, Feb. 11, as they make the long haul to Hobbs, New Mexico, for an 8:30 p.m. CDT start. The Pilots were 99-72 winners when these two teams met earlier in the season at The Dock.