SHREVEPORT, La. – Owls newcomer Milos Zeradjanin scored eight points and returner Keith Harris and Jadon Routt had seven apiece, but The W lost to No. 11 LSU – Shreveport, 117-68, on Monday night in the exhibition play at The Dock in the Health and Physical Education Building.
Senior Carlos Wilkerson added six points and a team-high four rebounds for the Owls.
Kadavion Evans led the Pilots with 25 points, while Tra'Quan Knight had 20 and Gilbert Thomas had 19.
LSU – Shreveport (4-0), who has already started their official season, hit 40 of 67 (59.7 percent) from the floor, including 7 of 24 (29.2 percent) from three-point range, while winning the rebounding battle 42-32. The Pilots had just 10 turnovers, while The W had 23. LSU – Shreveport turned those Owls miscues into 31 points, while the Owls scored 11 points off of the Pilot's mistakes.
The Owls (0-0) hit 22 of 62 (35.5 percent) from the floor, making nine of 26 (34.6 percent) from behind the arc. The W was able to convert 15 of their 23 free throws, for 65.2 percent shooting from the line.
The W got on the board first via a Tavonta Jones three-pointer but the Pilots quickly answered with a layup by Gilbert Thomas seconds later. After an Owls foul by Wilkerson, Thomas split his free throws at the line to tie the game at 3-3. The two teams would tie again with a three-pointer by Routt for the Owls at 16:29 but the Pilots quickly pulled ahead going on an 11-2 run to lead 20-11.
LSU – Shreveport led by as many as 24 points before JaQuan Hines sank a layup to close the half 56-34 with the Pilots in the lead. LSU-Shreveport hit 21 of 35 (60 percent) from the floor in the first half, but just two of 11 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, The W hit 13 of 31 (42 percent) including four of 12 from behind the arc.
The W opened the second half with an 8-4 run but it did not slow down The Pilots who would later go on a 12-0 run. The Owls were unable to bounce back and The W ended the exhibition game with a 117-68 loss.
The Owls return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Laurel, Miss. to take on Southeastern Baptist College. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.