Steers fall to Pilots

Published on Thursday, 7 February 2013 23:51 - Written by Harold Wilson

SHREVEPORT, La. — Texas College nearly landed on two feet but couldn’t complete its ascent toward the Top 25 at The Dock.

The Steers missed a go-ahead free throw late in regulation, and Rodney Milum’s 36 points for LSU-Shreveport all but kissed away Texas College’s upset bid as the Pilots pulled out a 105-97 overtime victory in a Red River Athletic Conference men’s basketball thriller Thursday.

Milum, the nation’s second-leading scorer, drained his 10th 3-pointer of the game for a 102-94 lead with 1:19 left in the extra session. The Pilots pulled out the win thanks to the trio of Milum, Brandon Davis (26 points, 11 rebounds) and Tevin Hall (21 points).

TC received double-digit efforts from six different players, with Kerry Jones (19 points, nine rebounds), Jamal Robertson (17 points, five steals) and Brandon Lee (12 points, six rebounds) leading the way. Eddren McCain, Sherrod Phillips and Titus Stevenson netted 10 points apiece for the Steers, who entered the game receiving votes in the NAIA poll for the first time since dropping from 10th to 24th and out of the rankings after a four-game losing skid.

The Steers (18-7, 12-6 in RRAC) saw a chance to move ahead of the Pilots (17-4, 12-3) in the league standings and perhaps back into the poll slip away after erasing an 11-point second-half deficit with sharp shooting and timely free throws. The Steers offense went cold in the overtime, where the Pilots outscored them 15-7.

“It’s more what we did to ourselves,” Steers coach Marquet Norfleet said. “We started the third overtime with three straight turnovers. And three missed free throws down the stretch hurt us.”

Both teams entered on five-game win streaks. Neither wanted to see it end, with the teams pulling into a tie seven times in the final seven minutes of regulation. TC knotted it a final time on Phillip’’s free throw with 23 seconds left. Phillips’ second attempt rimmed out, and LSU-Shreveport missed a 3-pointer to force the extra session.

The teams traded layups to start overtime before LSU scored seven straight to take control.

The Steers end the regular season with five games against teams trailing them in the conference standings, starting with Saturday’s road game at Paul Quinn in Dallas.

“It was a big game because we were looking to move up,” Norfleet added. “But we still have a lot of ball left. That loss hurt us but we can’t harp on it.”

WOMEN

LSU-Shreveport passed right by Texas College, recording 21 assists in a 94-67 win over the Lady Steers.

Sharde Henry headed the Lady Pilots’ charge with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Henry received plenty help from the likes of Christy Willis (21 points, five rebounds, four assists) and Jenna Diakos (18 points, eight rebounds).

Henry, a 5-9 senior forward from Lake Charles, La., erupted for six points in a 33-second span to give LSU-Shreveport a 36-24 lead late in the first half. The Lady Steers trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

The Lady Pilots punished the Lady Steers on the glass, winning the battle of the boards 53-19. Pinpoint passing positioned the Lady Pilots for repeated open looks, helping them shoot 51 percent from the field.

The Lady Pilots (18-3, 12-2) completed a regular season sweep of the Lady Steers after holding off an upset bid for a three-point victory in an earlier meeting.

Keyara Criner netted 18 points to lead the Lady Steers (5-19, 4-14).

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Women

LSU-Shreveport 94, Texas College 67

TEXAS COLLEGE (5-19, 4-14)-Keyara Criner 5-12 8-11 18, Shirley McGowen 0-4 0-0 0, Ashli Smith 6-11 2-2 14, Amber Girdy 2-6 3-4 8, Jasmine Becks 1-6 0-0 3, Jessica Williams 3-4 3-4 9, Lachelle Jones 0-2 2-2 2, Connie Espinas 1-3 0-0 3, Sekeya Roberson 3-11 4-8 10. Totals 21-59 22-31 67.

LSU-SHREVEPORT (18-3, 13-2)-Katie McCoy 5-8 0-1 12, Kylie Leonards 1-4 0-0 2, Jenna Diakos 8-15 2-4 18, Brittany Maddox 3-8 0-0 7, Meoshi Bradley 0-2 0-0 0, Christy Willis 6-10 7-8 21, Sharde Henry 11-17 1-2 24, Jessica Carper 2-2 1-2 5, Ariel Harrell 2-6 1-2 5. Totals 38-72 12-19 94.

Halftime-LSUS 45, TC 30. 3-Point Goals-TC 3-17 (Criner 0-2, Smith 0-2, Girdy 1-4, Becks 1-3, Jones 0-2, Espinas 1-2, Robertson 0-2), LSUS 6-18 (McCoy 2-4, Leonards 0-3, Maddox 1-4, Willis 2-5, Henry 1-2). Fouled Out-Carper. Rebounds-TC 19 (McGowen 5), LSUS-53 (Maddox 10). Assists-TC 4 (McGowen 2), LSUS21 (Leonards, Henry 6). Total Fouls-TC 15, LSUS 22. Next Up-Saturday: Texas College at Paul Quinn, LSU-Shreveport at Huston-Tillotson.

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Men

No. 21 LSU-Shreveport 105, Texas College 97 (OT)

TEXAS COLLEGE (18-7, 12-6)-Kerry Jones 8-13 3-5 19, Eddren McCain 3-8 3-3 10, Titus Stevenson 4-10 2-3 10, Hakeem Poles 2-8 6-6 10, Jamal Robertson 6-14 3-3 17, Sherrod Phillips 4-6 1-1 10, Brandon Lee 5-9 1-2 12, Blake Turner 3-7 1-3 8, Glen Williams 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 35-75 21-28 97.

LSU-SHREVEPORT (17-4, 12-3)-Jake Greene 0-1 0-0 0, Mark Politte 6-8 1-2 14, Rodney Milum 10-22 6-6 36, Brandon Davis 7-18 11-17 26, Tevin Hall 8-10 3-5 21, Aaron Jones 1-4 0-0 3, Breion Beaver 0-1 0-0 0, Rydell Harris 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 34-67 22-32 105.

Halftime-LSUS 44, TC 39. End of Regulation-Tied at 90. 3-Point Goals-TC 6-21 (Jones 0-1, McCain 1-3, Stevenson 0-2, Poles 0-2, Robertson 2-5, Phillips 1-1, Lee 1-3, Turner 1-4), LSUS 15-31 (Greene 0-1, Politte 1-2, Milum 10-21, Davis 1-2, Hall 2-2, Jones 1-2, Beaver 0-1). Fouled Out-McCain, Robertson, Milum, Harris. Rebounds-TC 46 (Jones 9), LSUS 32 (Davis 13). Assists-TC 14 (Phillips 6), LSUS 14 (Davis 7). Total Fouls-TC 25, LSUS 21. Next Up-Saturday: Texas College at Paul Quinn, LSU-Shreveport at Huston-Tillotson.