No. 5 Lions take on #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight
Fans can follow the game's play-by-play on-line
Friendly rivals meet at 7pm on the Red River at The Dock
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball team returns to the court tonight to face No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport at The Dock.
SAGU (5-0) has played very well as a unit, circling the wagons with a patchwork line-up in the first few weeks of the season.
Louisiana State University in Shreveport (1-4) has struggled to mesh a cast of talented recruits with several standout returners.
The game is slated for a 7:00pm (CST) opening tip. Fans can follow the game’s play-by-play digitally on a LiveStats webcast as:
Instructions: Once on the NAIA Live Webcasts page, locate the game and click on the webcast icon (((W)))
GAME NOTES: Players to Watch For
The (River) Pilots have dropped their last two games at the wire, falling at home to St. Gregory’s University (Ok), 94-93, and then 88-84 at crosstown (NCAA D3) Centenary College.
SAGU defeated LSUS on November 12, 83-72.
The Lions needn’t feel too confident, as the Pilots own the series between the schools by a 14-2 margin.
LSU-Shreveport has four players scoring in double figures; Will Nelson 19.0, Brandon Davis 18.6, Dundrecous Nelson 18.5 and Joseph James 12.0ppg.
Two other players, Mark Politte (PO-LEET) and Tevin Hall, are key returners from last year’s 27-7 team. They are currently scoring at a 9.2 and 7.2 points per game clip.
The Pilots have permitted opponents to shoot .483 against them, while they have converted .424 of their own shots. Their feared three-point game is lacking consistency (.246) through five games.
They are winning the battle of the boards, 43.8 to 38.8, and own a huge advantage on the offensive glass. The effort is clearly there.
The chemistry, however, is a work in progress.
Coach Kevin Blankenship and the Pilots' lone win came at home against the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO), 93-83.
As for Coach Donnie Bostwick's SAGU Lions, five players are reaching double digits in scoring;
Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ) 19.2ppg
Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Chr-Addison, Ranger College) 15.8
Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian) 14.5
Daniel Mills (Belton, Tx / Belton HS) 13.0
Drew Erskine (Houston, Tx / Victoria West HS, Centenary College) 12.6
Feemster has the best rebounding stats, grabbing 10.6 per game. Freshman Remington Mitchell (Mansfield, Tx / Mansfield HS) is next at 6.6.
The team is averaging 10.2 three-pointers per game, led by Feemster (14 threes) and Gentry (10).
SAGU is also doing very well from the charity stripe, successful at over 76% of their attempts. Clayton O’Neill (Halletsville, Tx / Halletsville HS) has the best accuracy to date at (12 of 14) .857.
Gentry (32 of 39) is at .821, while Mills (19 of 24) is third at .792.
Gentry is second in the nation in steals per game, averaging 4.0 per contest.
A complete game report will be posted later tonight.