Men’s basketball closes season with loss to LSUS in RRAC Tournament

The men’s basketball team ended its season with a 97-88 loss against LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) in the quarterfinals of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Tournament. The Saints finish the 2021-2022 campaign at 9-16 overall.

Head Coach Chris Dial said, “Tonight was a tough ending to a tough season. Our guys competed against a good LSUS team. I’m proud of the team and the staff for exhibiting a great amount of resilience. We are happy to have made the tournament but we have a lot of work to do to get where we ultimately want to be. I sincerely appreciate Marlon Williams (SR/Jacksonville, Fla.), Joseph Anderson (SR/Houston, Texas), Jordan Embry (SR/Paris, Texas) and Lennox Jones (SR/Richmond, Texas) for their contributions to the program. They were a pleasure to coach.”

History

The Saints were 10-14 against the Pilots prior to the game.

Basics

The Saints played well against the Pilots but fell short in the RRAC Tournament quarterfinals. LSUS shot well from all angles in the first half at 60.5 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from three-point range. They forced eight turnovers by the Saints and tallied 11 assists. Williams had 10 points for the Saints in the first half and Embry grabbed four rebounds. The Saints headed to the locker room down eight points at the half.

The scoring frenzy slowed down for both teams in the second half. The Saints were able to narrow the Pilots lead early in the frame, but the Pilots were sound from the free-throw line late in the game and won by nine points. Seven Saints players finished with double-digit scoring despite the loss.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Anderson led the Saints with 15 points. Embry grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Tommie Law (FR/Semmes, Ala.) and Jones led OLLU with two assists each.

LSUS was led by Leondre Washington with 24 points. Jeff Boyd snatched nine rebounds. Washington also had a team-high five assists.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 33-of-69 shooting for 47.8 percent, 5-of-15 from three-point range for 33.3 percent and 17-of-22 from the free-throw line for 77.3 percent.

LSUS combined for 34-of-64 from the field for 53.1 percent, 8-of-17 three-pointers for 47.1 percent and 21-of-32 from the charity stripe for 65.6 percent.

The Saints grabbed 41 rebounds while the Pilots gathered 35. OLLU forced 15 turnovers and committed 17.