Balanced attack lifts SLU past Louisiana College
HAMMOND, La. – Senior Moses Greenwood scored a career-high 27 points and 11 different players scored for the Lions to lead the Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball team past Louisiana College 86-71 Monday night at the University Center.
A native of Sharon, Mississippi, Greenwood recorded his third straight double-double grabbing 10 rebounds. Senior Marlain Veal scored 18 points, dished out six assists and had five steals breaking the all-time program record for career steals with 176. The record was held by Deshawn Patterson who played for the Lions from 2008-2012.
Greenwood, who was described by fifth-year head coach Jay Ladner as an “every day work-horse who never has a bad day,” remained humble despite his torrid pace.
“It’s just makes me want to continue to work hard every day,” said Greenwood. “I knew this year that my role was going to change and I just have to be ready to play hard every game and do my part to help the team win.”
SLU broke out of a mini shooting slump as they shot 60 percent from the field (34-for-56) including 19-for-26 in the second half.
“I think some of the struggles shooting has to do with the schedule we’ve played,” said Ladner. “Through six games I’m not sure if anybody else has played three top 25 teams but it’s a working progress. I think some of it is that people forget we lost several key scorers that were big down the stretch and you don’t just snap your fingers and replace that. We’re still in the process of developing that same chemistry we had last year but to shoot the way we did tonight was very encouraging.”
The Lions had 11 different players score tonight to aid the efforts of Greenwood and Veal.
“It was good to get a chance to play a lot of guys,” said Ladner. “It may have costed us some runs but in the long run it will add to our depth. We got a chance to see a lot of guys get out there and make play and mistakes which gives us a the opportunity to evaluate the idea of having more options.”
Senior Keith Charleston, an instrumental part in last year’s conference championship, scored a season-high 13 points and added four assists.
“It was good to see Keith score it tonight,” said Ladner. “Because he, like several other guys, has been struggling shooting the ball but what I like was him scoring around the basket. That’s his strength, to get to the rim and make plays.”
Southeastern (3-4) was challenged early by LC. The Wildcats led 10-5 early in the first half and held strong as SLU lead 19-17 with 8:36 left in the first half. The Lions stormed on a 10-0 run to help push their lead to 40-31 at halftime.
For the fourth straight game, the Lions’ defense was tenacious forcing LC into 25 turnovers and holding the Wildcats to 40 percent shooting in the second half which helped SLU open up a 64-39 with 10:36 to go.
LC mounted a rally cutting the lead to 11, 72-61 with 5:14 to go before the Lions pulled away for the win.
“I felt like we played better than the scored indicated,” said Ladner. “Forcing 25 turnovers and holding them to that low of a percentage shooting in the second half, I felt like we really played pretty well overall.”
Southeastern will be back in action Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. when they face Tulane (2-3) on the road in New Orleans, Louisiana at Avron B. Fogelman Arena. The Greenwave defeated the Lions 89-66 last year.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast by Cox Sports New Orleans. Links for live stats and play-by-play radio will be available at the men’s basketball schedule page at LionSports.net.
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La. College vs Southeastern Louisiana
11/26/18 7 PM at University Center (Hammond, La.)
At University Center (Hammond, La.)
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 86, LA. COLLEGE 71
LA. COLLEGE (3-2)
Devon Washington 8-12 1-1 17; Kae’ron Baker 4-6 5-6 14; Jacquez Coleman 3-5
1-2 10; Lashard Powell 3-9 1-2 9; Bailey Hardy 2-5 0-0 6; Timothy Stokes 2-2
0-0 5; Denzel Austin 1-4 2-2 5; C.J. Murphy 1-1 0-0 2; Trey Ames 1-2 0-0 2;
Jaylen Rhone 0-6 1-2 1; Jase Miguez 0-1 0-0 0; Travis Schultz 0-2 0-0 0; Rex
Hollis 0-0 0-0 0; Queshod Young 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-56 11-15 71.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (3-4)
Greenwood, Moses 12-14 2-4 27; Veal, Marlain 6-11 5-8 18; Charleston, Keith
4-6 3-5 13; Julien, Von 3-5 0-0 6; West, D’Angelo 3-4 0-0 6; Starwood,
Maxwell 2-3 0-0 4; Brewer, Ty 0-1 3-4 3; Edwards, Parker 1-4 0-0 3; Brown,
Kajon 1-2 0-1 2; Diop, Pape 1-3 0-1 2; Saunders, Jeremiah 1-1 0-0 2; Thomas,
Quinton 0-2 0-0 0; Strange, Matthew 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-56 13-23 86.
La. College………………. 31 40 – 71
Southeastern Louisiana…….. 40 46 – 86
3-point goals–La. College 10-24 (Jacquez Coleman 3-4; Lashard Powell 2-4;
Bailey Hardy 2-5; Denzel Austin 1-3; Kae’ron Baker 1-2; Timothy Stokes 1-1;
Travis Schultz 0-2; Queshod Young 0-1; Jaylen Rhone 0-2), Southeastern
Louisiana 5-14 (Charleston, Keith 2-2; Greenwood, Moses 1-2; Veal, Marlain
1-3; Edwards, Parker 1-4; Diop, Pape 0-1; Thomas, Quinton 0-1; West,
D’Angelo 0-1). Fouled out–La. College-Trey Ames; Kae’ron Baker,
Southeastern Louisiana-None. Rebounds–La. College 32 (Devon Washington 9),
Southeastern Louisiana 30 (Greenwood, Moses 10). Assists–La. College 16
(Kae’ron Baker 5), Southeastern Louisiana 16 (Veal, Marlain 6). Total
fouls–La. College 22, Southeastern Louisiana 21. Technical fouls–La.
College-None, Southeastern Louisiana-None. A-692
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