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Top-ranked Vincennes University men’s basketball team ups mark to 5-0

VINCENNES, Ind. — Freshman Christian Wells made the most of his first career start in the P.E. Complex Saturday night, pacing four players in double figures as the top-rated Vincennes University Trailblazers won for the fifth time without a loss, 66-47, over Columbia State Community College (Tennessee), to conclude the 30th annual Sodexo Classic.

Wells (Muncie, Ind.) scored 10 of his points in the opening half as the Trailblazers opened a 36-26 lead. The Trailblazers allowed the Chargers (3-2) to get no closer than six points the rest of the way as the defending NJCAA Division I national champions completed a five-game home stand to start the season.

Sophomore Colton Sandage (Bloomington, Ill.) added 13 points, while sophomore Kevin Osawe (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) came off the bench to score 12 and sophomore Kevin Kone (Osny, France) added 10, also in a reserve role.

In a game that saw four ties and a pair of lead changes, the Trailblazers went ahead for good, 12-10, with 12:15 to play in the first half on the only basket of the night by sophomore Chuka Mekkam (Portland, Ore.). That started a 7-0 run by the Trailblazers. Sandage hit a 3-point basket with just more than six minutes left in the opening half that started a 9-0 spree by the Trailblazers, resulting in a 28-16 lead.

VU Statistical Leaders

  • Sophomore Craig Porter (Terre Haute, Ind.) contributed a team-high six assists, while Osawe finished the night with four.
  • Osawe snared 10 rebounds, all at the defensive end, to lead to Trailblazers to a 40-31 advantage on the backboards. Porter and Kone added eight rebounds apiece.
  • Porter and Wells were credited with two blocked shots each, as the Trailblazers finished the game with eight.

VU Coach Todd Franklin says. . .

“I thought (Columbia State) played extremely physical, tough, and hard, and we had to grind it out. I’m proud of our guys. We fought and battled.”

“We’ve played five good teams in this home stand. We didn’t play a bunch of prep schools or junior varsity teams, or anything else. We’ve played five quality teams. We’ve been tested.”

Notes

  • The Trailblazers are now 56-4 in the Sodexo Classic, and lead the all-time series with Columbia State, 7-1.
  • The Trailblazers have now won nine straight games, dating back to the outset of the 2019 national finals.
  • The Trailblazers made 24 of 52 shots for 46 percent, while holding Columbia State to just 27 percent shooting as it made just 17 of 62 attempts.
  • Columbia State’s 47-point output was the lowest for a Trailblazer opponent this season. It’s the fewest points the Trailblazers have allowed since a 122-41 blowout of Southeastern Illinois in Harrisburg, Ill., last Jan. 30.

Next up

The Trailblazers will travel to Freeport, Ill., on Wednesday, for a game against Highland Community College. It will be the first of 11 road games this season.

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