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Photo courtesy of Bill Wood Photography: Benjamin Batts (1)
(RV)LSU Shreveport
Paul Quinn College
Men's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 17, 2016
LSU Shreveport354984
Paul Quinn (Texas)373471
Dec. 17, 2016
LSU ShreveportIndv. LeadersPaul Quinn (Texas)
#1 Benjamin Batts - 22Points #11 Quennel Francis - 20
#11 Greg Pollins - 9Rebounds #25 Jesse Williams - 8
#2 Tyrell Springer - 5Assists #5 Jalen Johnson - 4
LSU ShreveportTeam StatisticsPaul Quinn (Texas)
50.9% (27 - 53) Field Goals % 44.4% (24 - 54)
13.3% (2 - 15) 3 Point Field Goals % 57.1% (8 - 14)
82.4% (28 - 34) Free Throws 71.4% (15 - 21)
32Rebounds 32
11Assists 11
16Turnovers 20
02nd Chance Pts 0

DALLAS, Tex. – The LSU Shreveport Pilots men's basketball team have now won four of their last five games after tonight's 84-71 win on the road over the Paul Quinn Tigers. The Pilots improve to 9-3 on the season while Paul Quinn drops to 1-12.

Neither team played their best brand of basketball which is typical in a game before the Christmas break. The Pilots struggled to find the hot spot from beyond the arc making just 2-of-15 while Paul Quinn turned it over 20 times which is a testament to the LSUS' defense that had six different players come away with a steal in the game.

The Pilots as a team struggled shooting in the first half of play making just 36-percent which led to a two-point deficit at the half but on a high note LSUS drained 17-of-18 attempts from the charity stripe in the opening half to keep the game in reach.

"Our guys showed some grit down the stretch and finished the game strong," said LSUS Head Coach Kyle Blankenship of his team who thrived in the second half behind 61-percent shooting.

Benjamin Batts (JR/Saginaw, Michigan) led the Pilots in scoring once again with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting and was perfect from the free-throw line in six attempts. "BJ was hot early and carried us down the stretch. He shot the ball well and made some tough plays when we needed them the most," added Coach Blankenship.

Both teams gathered 32 rebounds each but LSUS' Greg Pollins (SR/Texarkana, Texas) had the game high with nine while Batts pulled down seven. Pollins also helped out tossing in 16 points while C. J. McGill (JR/Tampa, Florida) and Rashard Owens (SR/Bossier City, Louisiana) each pitched in a dozen points.

While the Pilots won by double digits, the majority of the contest was within single digits as they put their lead to double figures for good when Pollins made a jumper with 28 seconds to play. The game was tied on eight different occasions.

The men's squad still has two games remaining before their Christmas break begins although both will be exhibition games against Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana Tech. Coach Blankenship is proud of his squad to this point in the season, "I am very pleased with how we have played during the first semester but we still have room for improvement. We hope that our best basketball is still ahead of us."

at Stephen F. Austin on Sunday (Dec. 18) at 2 p.m.

M - Basketball
Overall RRAC Streak
20-10 (.667) 12-6 (.667) Lost 4
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