By JOURNAL STAFF
LSUS made the most of a two-hour drive down I-49 Tuesday when the Pilots completed a sweep of a Red River Athletic Conference basketball doubleheader by posting a 71-66 win over No. 14-ranked LSUA.
The victory pushed LSUS on top of the league standings at 5-1, with an overall 12-6 mark. The Pilots handed the Generals only their second loss of the season and first in conference play, dropping them to 13-2, 4-1.
LSUS hit four straight free throws in the final 20 seconds to preserve the outcome after the home team hit a 3-pointer to draw within three.
Jeff Boyd topped the winners with 16 points, hitting all five of his free throws, and added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks. Leondre Washington (15 points) and Akeem White (13) joined Kevin Norman (11) in double figures.
CENTENARY 87, AUSTIN COLLEGE 52: The Gents shot 52 percent from the field to get the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win at home. Centenary (10-7, 5-4) had four players reach double digits in scoring with Kile Mingo’s 16 leading the charge. Braeden Board scored 13 and added seven rebounds while Jalen Behr and AJ Hall both totaled 12 points. Kaleb Bennett led Austin (5-10, 2-4) with 11 points.
LSUS 82, LSUA 52: The visitors rebounded from their first RRAC loss in a big way. LSUS (10-8, 5-1) shot 63 percent in the first period to begin the blowout of LSUA (2-10, 2-3). DeAuja Thompson scored 19 to pace the Lady Pilots, who got 15 from Kiara Collins, 13 by Britney Thompson and 12 from Ciera Daniels.
AUSTIN COLLEGE 67, CENTENARY 58: The host Ladies mounted a fourth quarter comeback but it wasn’t enough in suffering the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference defeat. Jazzmyn Jones had 15 points and 8 rebounds and Destini Powell 11 points and 14 rebounds for Centenary (3-14, 1-8). Natalie McCoy led all scorers for Austin with 22 points and improved to 5-9, 4-2.
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