SHREVEPORT, LA. (Jan. 25, 2014) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team was hoping for a 3-0 road trip this past week, but the Saints blew their chance after losing 109-116 to Louisiana State University – Shreveport on Saturday evening.
The loss to the Red River Athletic Conference's leader dropped the Saints to 5-2 and 10-8 overall, while the Pilots improved to 9-0 and 13-5 overall. The Saints are one game behind second place University of St. Thomas (7-2/11-7) and tied with Wiley College (6-3/14-4).
The game started with the Saints taking a 3-0 lead, and after three ties, the Pilots went ahead at 10-8 five minutes later. A steal from Marcus Thompson that resulted in a basket gave the Saints back the lead at 12-10, and the team improved to 20-10. By the 10-minute mark, the Saints took their biggest lead of the game at 34-19, but the Pilots quickly erased that lead to take over at 41-39. Fouls were the Saints' downfall having committed 16 in the first half alone to account for 23 points. At the end of the first half, the Saints trailed the Pilots 49-53.
The Pilots continued to control the momentum into the second half. With a little more than 16 minutes remaining in the game, the team took a double-digit lead at 62-52. A 3-pointer from Xavier Roberson started a rally that began with the Saints trailing 74-82. The Saints kept the game close through the sixth minute, when the Pilots pushed to a 96-85 lead. The Saints got within five points with 16 seconds left in the game, but they could not pull off the win.
The Saints made just 12-of-43 3-pointers, and the team shot 46 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free-throw line. Roberson led the Saints in shooting with 34 points, including 11-of-17 from the field, five 3-pointers and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Brock Hunter followed with 22 points, and CJ Martinez finished with 16 points.
The Pilots' William Nelson scored 50 points for his team, including 28-of-34 from the free-throw line and 11-of-20 field goals. He added 16 rebounds. His team shot 53 percent from the field and 83 percent from the charity stripe. The Pilots made 6-of-15 from 3-point range.
The Saints will return home to host Langston University on Friday and Bacone College on Saturday.