LSUS begins play at NAIA national tourney in Kansas City


LSUS begins play in the NAIA round of 16 today at the national tournament site in Kansas City against College of Idaho at 3 p.m.

The Pilots (No. 5 seed) will have their hands full facing the Yotes, who are the No. 1 seeded team in the Naismith Quadrant bracket. LSUS has compiled a 26-7 record this season while College of Idaho is 32-1, its only loss coming in the season opener.

LSUS is competing in its 18th NAIA National tournament, 11 under current head coach Kyle Blankenship. This is the fifth visit to the Round of 16 and the Pilots are looking to advance to the Round of Eight for the fourth time and second under coach Blankenship.

Entering the tournament, senior Jalen Brooks was the team’s leading scorer averaging 23.9 points per game and top rebounder with an 11.2 per game average. Junior guard Calvin Carpenter averaged 11.7 points a game and freshman Jordan Decuir 11.0 per game. As a team the Pilots score 83.9 points per game and allow 79.0.

College of Idaho is playing in its 25th NAIA Tournament and has a 30-22 record in the tournament.

On the other side of the Naismith bracket is the matchup of No. 6 Tougaloo (Miss.) vs. No. 10 St. Thomas (Fla.) in the game prior to LSUS at 1 p.m.