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Vincennes University men's basketball gets third win in four days

VINCENNES, Ind. - Sophomores Kevin Osawe (Brampton, Ontario) and Chinedu Okanu (Gary, Ind.) combined for 41 points and 23 rebounds as the Vincennes University men’s basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA poll, outlasted Danville Area, 81-73, at the P.E. Complex on Monday.

The win was the third in four days for the Trailblazers (3-0), who last Friday and Saturday claimed the Kiwanis Classic with 20-point wins over Southwest Tennessee State and Harcum.

Both Osawe (21 points, 12 rebounds) and Okanu (career-high 20 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the second straight game.

In a game that saw two ties and two lead changes, the Trailblazers led 37-30 at halftime. VU led by as many as 19 points, with just under eight minutes to play, before Danville Area (1-1) crept to within six points on two different occasions in the final 2:17.

VU Statistical Leaders

• Sophomore Colton Sandage (Bloomington, Ill.) gave the Trailblazers a third player in double figures with 12 points. He made two 3-point baskets and was perfect in six trips to the foul line, where he is 10 of 10 this season.

• Sophomore Craig Porter (Terre Haute, Ind.) just missed scoring in double figures with nine points, while leading the team with four assists. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

VU Coach Todd Franklin says. . .

“Everybody needs to understand that this basketball team is not unbelievably gifted. It’s not unbelievably athletic and it’s not unbelievably talented. The guys in that locker room have to understand that, and they’re going to have to play very intense, precise, disciplined, fundamental, tough-minded basketball or they’re not going to be real good. And that’s the truth.”

Notes

• The Trailblazers are now 47-5 all-time against Danville, and 25-1 against the Jaguars in the P.E. Complex.

• Danville was 13 of 30 from 3-point range, while the Trailblazers were 6 of 20. The Trailblazers countered that by making 11 of 15 free throws, while the Jaguars were 6 of 9.

• The Trailblazers outrebounded the Jaguars, 44-30. Of those 44 rebounds for VU, 16 came at the offensive end.

Next up

The Trailblazers will host the Sodexo Classic Friday and Saturday. They’ll face Kankakee at 7 p.m. EST Friday, and Columbia State at 7 p.m. EST Saturday.

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MARCIA MARTINEZ, Sports Information Director & University Life Reporter

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