Steers Pull Off Upset Of LSU-Shreveport

Texas College's SeKeya Roberson draws contact from both sides as she drives down the lane Saturday afternoon in the game with LSU-Shreveport. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Texas College erased a bitter taste from its previous outing and replaced it with a breakthrough win. 

Less than 48 hours removed from losing in the last second in controversial fashion, the Steers scored the last eight points to beat LSU-Shreveport 75-68 in a Red River Athletic Conference showdown Saturday at Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium.

Jamal Robertson, TC’s leading scorer, returned from a one-game absence to bucket 22 points and lead the Steers (8-8, 4-6 in RRAC) to their first-ever win over the national powerhouse, which spent a bulk of last year ranked No. 1 in the NAIA. LSU-Shreveport topped TC six times over the previous four seasons, including three wins by three points or less. 

TC trailed by one before Wendell Maye spotted Norman Stewart, who stepped smoothly into an 18-footer for a 69-68 lead with 1:09 left.

LSU-Shreveport (8-6, 6-3) turned the ball over and missed an easy layup on its next two possessions, leading to a pair of free throws by Robertson and Maye to make it a five-point game.

On the ensuing rebound, TC senior forward LaDarren Williams intercepted a pass in the backcourt, raced into the lane and flushed down a thunderous two-handed jam for the exclamation points to close off the seven-point victory.

Williams finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, scoring half of TC’s final 14 points after LSU-Shreveport moved ahead, 62-61, for the first time in more than 29 minutes. 

“We’d shot our way out the last few games,” Steers coach Marquet Norfleet said. “We made a point to be solid down the stretch. LaDarren is one of the best players in the conference if you get it to him in a (good) position. He was big down the stretch and Jamal is playing with a lot of confidence. He makes a lot of big shots for us.”

Hamid Ford, a hot-shooting guard from Los Angeles who formerly played at Texas Southern, drained 12 points in his third game with the team. Ford’s long jumper gave TC a two-point lead with eight-tenths of a second left on Thursday at Paul Quinn. A pair of technical’s called for excessive celebration and arguing the call resulted in four free throws, allowing Paul Quinn to pull out a stunning 63-60 victory. 

 TC caused 22 turnovers and bounced back into playoff contention after preventing LSU-Shreveport’s Derrick Parker (15 points, nine rebounds, one block) from scoring over the final three minutes.  

Only three games separate the 10 teams behind conference-leading Our Lady of the Lake in the league standings. 

“To beat a team of this caliber, we’re hoping it’s a big confidence booster,” said Norfleet, whose team continues a tough stretch with a road doubleheader at Wiley on Monday in Marshall. “The conference is wide open. 

 

Women

LSU-Shreveport dominated the second half to defeat Texas College 77-62 in the women’s game. 

The Lady Pilots (10-5, 8-1) posted the first 11 points of the second half to take control of a game it once trailed by six in the early stages.

The Lady Steers (3-12, 3-6) saw a three-game win-streak end.

The Lady Pilots remained one loss off the conference lead, thanks to a 21-point game from Jenna Diakos, the reigning RRAC Player of the Week. 

Nearly six minutes elapsed before TC scored in the second half. The Lady Steers shot 30 percent from the field and 11 percent from 3-point range.

Shirley McGowen netted a team-high 18 points for TC on 19 shot attempts, with Keyara Criner following with 13 points. 

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Women

LSU-Shreveport 77, Texas College 62

LSU-SHREVEPORT (10-5, 8-1)—Brittany Maddox 0-3 0-0 0, Kylie Leonards 2-4 0-0 4, Jenna Diakos 9-19 3-5 21, Meoshi Bradley 4-10 4-6 12, Christy Willis 3-8 1-2 8, Sharde Henry 6-10 1-2 13, Jennifer Hicks 5-9 6-8 17, Victoria Smith 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 30-64 15-23 77.

TEXAS COLLEGE (3-12, 3-7)—Keyara Criner 5-10 3-5 13, Shirley McGowen 7-19 4-4 18, Myesha Carrington 3-10 3-6 10, Ashli Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Adrienne Davis 1-11 2-2 4, Jessica Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Connie Espinas 0-1 0-0 0, Cherisa Sellers 0-1 0-0 0, SeKeya Roberson 0-6 3-6 3, Shauniece Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Leslee Johnson 5-8 4-5 14. Totals 21-69 19-28 62.

Halftime-LSUS 32, TC 27. 3-Point Goals-LSUS 2-7 (Leonards 0-1, Bradley 0-1, Wllis 1-3, Hicks 1-2), TC 1-9 (Carrington 1-5, Davis 0-1, Espinas 0-1, Roberson 0-2). Fouled Out-Smith. Rebounds-LSUS 44 (Willis 10), TC 45 (McGowen 11). Assists-LSUS 13 (Bradley, Henry 4), TC 5 (Roberson 2). Total Fouls-LSUS 24, TC 20. A-150. Next Up—Texas College at Wiley, 5:30 p.m., Monday.

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Men

Texas College 75, LSU-Shreveport 67

LSU-SHREVEPORT (8-6, 6-3)—Micah Jordan 1-1 0-0 2, Derrick Parker 7-14 1-2 15, Cody Walker 2-6 5-6 9, Greg Shyne 6-12 3-4 16, Isiah Bazille 3-3 3-6 9, Jake Greene 0-0 0-0 0, Mark Politte 5-10 0-0 11, Aubin Young 3-7 0-0 6, Jacoby Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Rydell Harris 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 27-53 12-19 68. 

TEXAS COLLEGE (8-8, 4-6)—Jhirmetrious Cochran 1-5 2-2 4, Wendell Maye 1-7 2-2 4, Jamal Robertson 6-17 9-11 22, Norman Stewart 3-6 0-0 6, LaDarren Williams 8-15 1-2 18, Toddrick Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Hamid Ford 4-9 2-2 12, Phillip Burnett-Evans 3-7 3-5 9, Sherrod Phillips 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-66 19-24 75. 

Halftime—TC 37, LSUS 30. 3-Point Goals—LSUS 2-8 (Walker 0-1, Shyne 1-2, Politte 1-4, Young 0-1), TC 4-21 (Maye 0-2, Robertson 1-7, Stewart 0-2, Williams 1-2, Ford 2-5, Burnett-Evans 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—LSUS 32 (Parker 9), TC 37 (Cochran 13). Assists—LSUS 11 (Bazile 5), TC 11 (Ford 4). Total Fouls—LSUS 19, TC 18. A—200. Texas College at Wiley, 7:30 p.m., Monday.

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