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No. 2 Trailblazers avenge only loss
February 16, 2019 / No. 2 Trailblazers avenge only loss
OLNEY, Ill. - Colton Sandage hit-back-to-back three-pointers
including one to beat the first-half buzzer to help give the Vincennes
University men’s basketball team some momentum on Saturday.
Sandage’s second 3-pointer of the half gave the No. 2 Trailblazers a
38-35 lead at the half.
The Trailblazers carried the momentum into the second half en route
to an impressive 94-74 over the No. 14 ranked Blue Knights.
The win ends a brief two-game losing streak to Olney Central as VU
avenged its only loss of the season.
“They were big,” VU Coach Todd Franklin said of Sandage’s treys at
the end of the first half. “I didn’t think our outside guys were
getting ready (for shots) most of the first half, but those two shots
by Colton were big. Not so much that it gave us the lead, but just
that it made them realize that is something that we work on everyday
The Trailblazers used a 13-0 run near the start of the second half
for a 56-39 lead with 14 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the game.
Kevin Osawe accounted for eight points during the run as he
knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in addition to a rebound basket.
The freshman finished with 10 points in the game - all in the second
half. He also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Sandage took a pass from Keith Clemons and knocked down a
corner three to extend the ‘Blazers lead to 65-45 and OCC never closed
to within 16 points the rest of the way.
Sandage finished with 17 points.
Lony Francis, Jr. tallied a game-high 29 points.
The sophomore preseason All-American scored the first 12 points of
the game for VU and he had 18 points at halftime.
“We felt like we could pound the ball inside against these guys and
that is what we were able to do early,” Franklin said. “Lony got us
off to a great start.”
Francis added 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
Clemons and George Dixon gave the Trailblazers four players in
double figures as the two sophomores tallied 15 and 14 points
respectively. Clemons handed out five assists, while Dixon fell one
rebound shy of his 12th double-double of the season.
Craig Porter finished with just four points, but the freshman
dished out a career-high 12 assists and added three blocked shots.
The Trailblazers out-rebounded OCC, 52-31.
VU (25-1) returns to the P.E. Complex Wednesday night as it plays
host to Lewis and Clark. The game will tip at 7 p.m.