|Mar. 16, 2017|
|LSU Shreveport||Indv. Leaders||Montana Western|
|#1 Benjamin Batts - 21||Points||#21 Dom Robinson - 32|
|2 Players (#11,#13) - 8||Rebounds||#4 Riley King - 8|
|#2 Tyrell Springer - 6||Assists||#21 Dom Robinson - 7|
|LSU Shreveport||Team Statistics||Montana Western|
|43.9% (36 - 82)||Field Goals %||54.1% (33 - 61)|
|33.3% (11 - 33)||3 Point Field Goals %||39.1% (9 - 23)|
|64.7% (11 - 17)||Free Throws||75% (24 - 32)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dom Robinson practically single handily eliminated the Pilots from the Buffalo Funds NAIA National Tournament in the first round at Municipal Auditorium. The 5-8 junior guard ripped the nets for 32 points as the Montana Western Bulldogs defeated the LSU Shreveport Pilots 99-94 just before the clock struck midnight ensuring that the Pilots would not have a Cinderella ending to the season.
"We lost to a really good basketball team tonight," said LSUS coach Kyle Blankenship. "We knew that we needed to stop Robinson and Smalls in order to win, but those two caused us all kinds of problems."
No matter what the Pilots tried defensively, Robinson found an open look and did not miss until 16:16 left in the second half as he finished 10-of-12 from the field. He was nearly perfect from downtown making 6-of-7 and was perfect from the charity stripe as he made all six of his attempts. And he even found time to share the basketball as he dished out the game high of seven assists. Shyke Smalls was the only other Bulldog with double digits as he scored 25 points.
The Pilots forced 15 second-half turnovers but the 16-point deficit at the half was too much to overcome as the Bulldogs (54-percent) shot nearly as well as Columbia (62-percent) did a year ago against the Pilots. LSUS' late rally fell short as the Pilots shot 48-percent outscoring the Dogs 57-46 in the second half tonight but it still was not enough.
Benjamin Batts (JR/Saginaw, Michigan) led the Pilots with 22 points after a 4-of-9 performance from downtown and he converted on all four of his attempts from the line. Greg Pollins (SR/Texarkana, Texas) and Josh Walker (SR/Fairview, Louisiana) each added 15 points while Uzonna Akazi (SR/Queens, New York) had 13 and C. J. McGill (JR/Tampa, Florida) had 12 as he made some late three's to pull the Pilots closer.
"We played well in spurts, but it always seemed like when we were right there ready to break through, we ended up shooting ourselves in the foot," ended Blankenship as the Pilots pulled within 4 with 1:04 to play after a three-pointer by Rashard Owens (SR/Bossier City, Louisiana). But over the next 30 seconds the Pilots missed two threes and were unable to gather the rebound while the Bulldogs made 4-freebies on the other end by guess who? Smalls and Robinson to seal the game.
Although the season came to a close tonight the Pilots should still be proud of the season they have had. This was the program's 13th 20-win season since it's reinstatement in 2003 and their 13th consecutive trip to Kansas City. The Pilots will regroup and prepare for another trip north this time next year.
|20-10 (.667)||12-6 (.667)||Lost 4|