LANGSTON - The No.20 Langston Lions fought valiantly but ultimately fell short in their bid to knock off No.2 LSU-Alexandria, falling 83-73 on Thursday, Dec. 8 at C.F. Gayles Fieldhouse.
Inside the Lion's Den …
It was a battle of two different offensive attacks as the Lions attacked the Generals with the three-point bomb and LSUA countered with a strong inside attack.
Langston entered halftime trailing 44-39 after connecting on eight-of-15 from three-point range; in the second half the Lions outside attack faltered as they connected on only two-of-12 three-pointers to eventually fall 83-73. On the flipside the Generals pounded the paint to outrebound the Lions 41-27 and outscore them 54-28 in their conference opener for both teams.
The Lions trimmed LSUA's lead to 77-73 at the 1:31 mark in the second half but were unable to convert on the offensive and defensive end down the stretch. The General's Gilbert Talbot pushed LSUA's lead back to six with a quick score inside; Langston got back-to-back three-point attempts from Daryle Morgan, Jr. and Curtis Jones but couldn't convert.
LSUA's advantage increased to eight following two free throws from Jordin Williams with under a minute to play; Mike Harris got a clean look from three-point range to trim the lead to four but the attempt went in-and-out and into the hands of the Generals. LSUA converted on two more free throws to seal the 83-73 victory.
Looking at the Stats …
On the night the Lions knocked down 44 percent (27-of-61) from the field and connected on 10-of-27 three-pointers; LSUA hit 54 percent (32-of-59) for the game and knocked down 18-of-22 free throw tries.
Harris led the Langston attack with 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting; Jones chipped in 19 and Jamal McDowell pumped in 12 for the Lions. Terrell Jones registered double-digits in rebounds with 14.
Langston (6-3, 0-1 RRAC) hosts LSU-Shreveport at home on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.