SAN ANTONIO (March 1, 2014) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team played a great game to close out its regular season, but LSU-Shreveport pushed through to win 88-84.
The Saints finish with a 14-4 Red River Athletic Conference record and 20-10 overall, while the Pilots move to 16-2 in conference and 21-7 overall. The Pilots are the conference regular season champions and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament that begins next week. The Saints will be the No. 3 seed, and they will host No. 6 Bacone (8-10/12-18) on Tuesday, March 4. No. 5 Langston University (9-9/11-15) will host No. 4 Wiley (13-5/22-6). The winner of the lowest remaining seed will play LSU-Shreveport on March 7, while No. 2 University of St. Thomas will play the highest remaining seed. The championship game will take place on March 8 at 4:30 p.m. Both Friday and Saturday games will take place at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. All Saints' game will be live streamed.
Senior Mike Willie gave the Saints the first lead of the game, and after a 3-pointer from Christian Wood-Dvorak, the Saints went up 7-5. Another 3-pointer from CJ Martinez gave the Saints the 15-9 lead after five minutes had passed. The Pilots caught up fast on a free throw from Tevin Hall that tied the score at 15. The Saints jumped back to lead by five at 21-16 after a dunk from Xavier Roberson. At the 10-minute mark, Terence Berry took the Saints to double-digits at 29-19, but the Pilots got the lead back to single digits quickly. With three minutes left in the period, the Pilots got to within one point at 40-39, and two points from Bridge Lavey gave the Saints a three-point lead at 42-39. LSU's William Nelson tied the score at 42, and after DJ Castro's points gave the Saints the 48-44 lead, a shot at the buzzer from LSU's Tevin Hall ended the half with the Saints leading 48-46.
The Saints came back in the final period to go up by seven at 53-46. Nelson's layup switched the lead to the Pilots and they went up by three at 56-53. The game tied six times through the seventh minute when Roberson started a 7-0 run to lead 79-72. The Pilots kept battling through to tie again at 83 with 40 seconds left in the game. A free throw from Roberson gave the Saints the 84-83 lead, but Davis' basket took his team to 85-84. A Saints foul sent Nelson to the line, where he made both free throws to go up 87-84. Nelson got fouled again and he made one of two free throws while time ran out to give LSU the 88-84 win.
Castro had a season high 19 points including 7-of-13 from the field, 3-of-8 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He added two assists and four steals. Roberson also scored 19 points, including 6-of-18 from the field, 2-of-9 from 3-point range and 5-of-4 free throws. He added five assists. Berry finished with 13 points, and De'Quentin Greer had 12 points.
The Saints shot 39 percent from the field, 29 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line. The Saints committed 12 turnovers while forcing 27.
LSU's Nelson scored 22 points and added 16 rebounds. Hall finished with 18 points. Davis ended with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Joseph James scored 17 points and Josh Walker had 11.
The Pilots shot 50 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line.
Prior to the game, seniors DJ Castro, Mike Willie, Xavier Roberson and Marcus Thompson were honored for playing their last regular season home games. Each received a vase of flowers and a Saints commemorative basket, while family members joined them at mid-court.