Pilots’ 26-win season ends in national tournament round of 16


KANSAS CITY – LSUS’ trip to the NAIA National Tournament here was short-lived as the Pilots were defeated by College of Idaho Monday afternoon 98-50 at Municipal Auditorium.

The Pilots enjoyed an early 8-2 lead to start the game but a 21-point run by the Yotes staked them to a 31-11 advantage and LSUS was never able to answer back. Idaho, the No. 1 seed in the Naismith Bracket, led 43-22 at the half and cruised to its 33rd win in 34 games.

Senior Jalen Brooks led the Pilots with 18 points and eight rebounds as LSUS finished the season 26-8. The 26 wins for the Kyle Blankenship-led Pilots marked the fourth season in the last six with 25 or more wins, with one of those seasons cut short due to Covid.