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LSUS sweeps Jarvis Christian

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The Bulldogs missed a game time three pointer as time expired. The Bulldogs missed a game time three pointer as time expired.

SHREVEPORT, La. - The LSU Shreveport Lady Pilots picked up a big Red River Athletic Conference win defeating the unbeaten Jarvis Christian Bulldogs 77-69 on Saturday afternoon at The Dock. Byroneshia Santiago logged a double-double with games highs of 20 points and 19 rebounds.

LSUS head coach Ronnie Howell was pleased with his overall team's performance today, "We played pretty well. We were able to execute early and get them out of their zone defense which they like to run. We got into foul trouble early but were able to battle through it."

LSUS held a 16-point lead with 4:34 to play but the Jarvis squad did not go down without a fight as they came within a possession in the closing minutes but the Lady Pilots were able to hold off the late Jarvis charge.

In addition to Santiago the Lady Pilots had three other scorers reach double figures with Dionecia Warr leading the bench scorers with 14 points while starters Jenna Diakos had 13 and Kiara Taylor 11. Warr also had a good afternoon on the glass collecting 8 rebounds.

LSUS won the rebounding battle 42-35 but the hard playing Jarvis defense forced the Lady Pilots into 17 turnovers. The LSUS defense were tough as well grabbing 15 takeaways as both team tossed in 19 points each off the turnovers.

The Lady Pilots will be back at home on Monday, January 13, to face Texas College at 5:30 p.m.

RECORDS: LSUS (10-3, 3-0 RRAC)   Jarvis (7-1, 3-1 RRAC)

The LSU Shreveport Pilots combined with five players scoring double figures, none of which was All-American Brandon Davis, as the Pilots took down the visiting Jarvis Christian Bulldogs 83-80 on Saturday afternoon at The Dock in what was their best team-performance of the season.

This was one of the closest games this season for the Pilots as the score was tied 10 times while the lead changed 12 different times and neither team led by more than eight points when LSUS led by that with 16:13 to play in the contest. Jarvis fought back and took a seven-point lead with 7:59 to play.

LSUS head coach Kyle Blankenship was pleased with his team's performance this afternoon, "Overall, today was probably our best overall team effort. Everyone that played was a factor in the game, and I'm very proud of our guys."

The Pilots bench provided some quality minutes again with Kenny Stewart and Joseph James leading the way with 16 points each to accompany starter Will Nelson who also tossed in 16 after an eight of ten performance from the charity stripe.

Josh Walker provided a dozen points off the bench to propel the Pilots to 44 points from non-starters against Jarvis' 21 bench points.

Tevin Hall was the other Pilot with double figures as he tossed in 14 with four of eight shooting and five of six from the free-throw line.

All of Brandon Davis' 3 points came for the free-throw line but he pulled more than enough weight pulling down a total of 13 rebounds aiding the Pilots to the 39-30 rebounding edge over Jarvis. The Pilots collected 15 offensive rebounds which allotted for 26 second-chance points.

Jarivs' EJ Freeman dominated the paint for the visitors as he scored the game-high of 18 points and was eight of 12 from the field leading the Bulldogs to 38-points in the paint compared to the Pilots 18.

"We made some big hustle plays down the stretch that led to a couple of extra possessions for us. Those loose balls we tracked down ultimately helped propel us to the win," Coach Blankenship continued.

The Pilots couldn't hit shots but they turned to hustling for every loose ball which paid off in the closing seconds. With 17.6 seconds to play in the contest the Pilots had the basketball with the score tied at 80. Mark Politte was fouled and he went to the line for an attempt of one-and-one with.

Politte made the first but missed the second and that's when Will Nelson balled out and grabbed the rebound on the floor a midst of the Jarvis squad and called the timeout to escape the jam.

The Pilots in bounded the ball to James who received the pass in the backcourt and was quickly chased down by the Jarvis defenders who fouled him with 6.4 seconds to play.

James made both free-throws to give the Pilots a three-point advantage. Following a timeout Jarvis had 3.1 seconds but could not convert on a long three-point attempt by Michael Love who was 0-2 from downtown.

Coach Blankenship pointed out how big a win this was, "In conference play, it is imperative that you protect your home court. We are very happy to come away with the victory, and now we look to do it again on Monday night."

The Pilots will entertain Texas College on Monday night at The Dock at 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: LSUS (7-5, 3-0 RRAC)   Jarvis (3-7, 0-4 RRAC)

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