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Nelson leads Pilots to big win; Taylor carries Lady Pilots to victory

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Will Nelson had a banner night netting 41 points and pulling down 17 rebounds helping the LSU Shreveport Pilots past the Texas College Steers 106-89 on Monday night at The Dock in Red River Athletic Conference play.

Nelson was 10 of 12 from the charity stripe and 15 of 21 from the field but he wasn't alone as The Pilots Brandon Davis turned in his usual double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds on 10 of 19 shooting.

The crowd got quite a show and was rowdy early on when the scoring picked up when Joseph James tossed in a long three and it was soon followed by Nelson's rim-rocker and then Josh Walker added a three-pointer as the Pilots tied the contest at 19 with about 14 minutes to go in the half.

The Pilots gathered plenty and stashed away the rebounds pounding their opponent 53-30 on the boards. LSUS had a double-dozen on second chance points and Nelson contributed to the Pilots pouring in 50 points in the paint compared to the visitor's 34.

James and Tevin Hall also scored double figures, each adding 10 points while Walker finished with nine points.

The Steers were led by Cedrick Richardson with 23 points while Blake Turner tossed in 15 and Sebastian Opon had 14. Glenn Williams and Demarcus Bowie each had 10 points.

Both teams shot the ball decent with LSUS making 48-percent and Texas College 49-percent. The Steers made nine from behind the arc but probably because LSUS held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half. The Pilots made six more from the charity stripe than the visitors.

The Pilots have now won five straight and are getting hot at just the right time with the RRAC schedule picking up as they play their next three on the road beginning with a pair of games this weekend in Oklahoma. On Friday night, the Pilots travel to Langston at 7:30 p.m. and then on Saturday night at Bacone.

LSUS remains tied with Wiley College in the RRAC regular season standings, both are 4-0 in RRAC play.

 

Women's game -

LSU Shreveport Lady Pilots shot an impressive 52-percent on Monday night at The Dock as Kiara Taylor netted her season high of 25 points easing the Lady Pilots past the visiting Texas College squad 77-55 in Red River Athletic Conference play.

The scoring started early and often for LSUS head coach Ronnie Howell's club as he earned his 99th career victory at the friendly confines of The Dock but he would have rather his team played better, "It was a win but I'm disappointed in our effort, turnovers, and overall lack handling ourselves on the floor."

Coach Howell's previous statement was referring to the fact that the Lady Pilots committed a season-high of 26 turnovers and that the reigning RRAC Player of the Week did not turn in her usual game due to the fact that she had fouled out early just as the second half had begun but Taylor and Jenna Diakos picked up the slack.

"We have to value the basketball. It has hurt us when our man scores on us or they get an offensive rebound on us. Right now it doesn't and we will struggle against our opponents when we don't take care of the basketball."

The Lady Pilots did manage to shoot an impressive 60-percent in the first half on their way to a 17-point advantage at the break, 40-23.

Taylor was not the only member of the Lady Pilots to reach the 20-point plateau as Diakos scored just that and pulled down six rebounds in the process. Dionecia Warr matched the double-double by Texas College's Shirley McGowan of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

LaQuita Hart led the visitors with 12 points.

The contest was a one-sided affair from the start as LSUS led the whole way and had gathered a 24-point lead with 37 seconds to play. The difference in the game tonight was the sharp-shooting by the Lady Pilots who knocked down a total of 29 field goals compared to the slim-shooting Texas College squad who shot just 28-percent (20-70) for the game.

The Lady Pilots now go on a three-game road stretch beginning with a pair next weekend in Oklahoma. The first stop will be on Friday night (17th) at Langston at 5:30 p.m. and then on to Bacone on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as well.

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