National Association Intercollegiate Athletics
Red River Athletic Conference
Thursday 12th January 2017
Tip Off 19.30
Texas College Steers 65 Louisiana State University Shreveport Pilots 77, attendance 300
@ Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium
2404, North Grand Avenue
Tyler, TX 75702
We finally got underway 37 minutes late as the preceding women’s game went in to overtime. After a very slow start, Pilots, the Number 23 ranked team in the NAIA, settled down and at halftime it was 36-38. They were more dominant in the second half and always looked comfortable in hanging on for the win. John Ruffin top scored for the Steers with 16 points, whilst Benjamin Batts led the way for the visitors with 18 points.
The atmosphere here was superb with the crowd right on top of the court. I doubt whether more than fifty or so more people could have actually squeezed in to a packed house, as a decent view was hard to find due to the pillars of the roof blocking the view of the baskets from a lot of areas.