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VU Trailblazers grab 1st place in District 16 with 91-81 home win over JAL

The Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Team moved into sole possession of first place in NJCAA District 16 competition Saturday night when freshman Jeremiah Bell scored 35 points to lead the Trailblazers to a 91-81 win over John A. Logan at the VU P.E. Complex.

VU improved to 10-3 on the season and 5-0 against District 16’s Region 24 teams. John A. Logan entered the game 12-0 and 5-0 in the district. At 5-1, the Volunteers are now a half-game behind the Trailblazers.

In addition to Bell’s outburst, VU also got 16 points from freshman Theo Holloway, 11 from sophomore Justin King and 10 from sophomore Makur Puou. Sophomore Darren Groves scored eight points and led the Trailblazers with 10 rebounds. John A. Logan guard Devontavius Payne scored 29 points.

Despite Bell’s 18 first half points, including all three of his 3-point buckets, John A. Logan led by 12 near the midway point in the first 20 minutes and held onto a 43-42 lead at intermission. At that point, the Volunteers were already 17-for-20 at the free throw line as VU had been whistled for 16 fouls, including technical fouls on Bell and VU Coach Todd Franklin. John A. Logan had committed 12 fouls of its own and VU was 7-for-11 at the line in the first half.

Neither team shot a blistering percentage from the floor. VU shot at a .422 clip and John A. Logan finished shooting .379 from the field.

In the second half, the two teams played virtually even for the first five minutes-plus until Bell was fouled on a 3-point shot attempt and he knocked down all three free throws to stake VU to a 55-50 lead. But John A. Logan’s Justin Lukens answered with a trey of his own before Holloway hit a 3-pointer to make it 58-53.

Holloway and Lukens traded 3-pointers again with a little more than 11 minutes to play to keep the game locked up in close fashion at 63-60 VU.

The Trailblazers owned the boards, 41-31, and held the Volunteers at-bay until they could begin converting at the free throw line in the closing minutes. VU didn’t have a field goal after the 2:52 mark in the game but hit 22-of-30 free throws in the second 20 minutes.

With 2:20 remaining, the Trailblazers were up 83-76. Bell was fouled and hit both to make it 85-77 inside a minute to play. He added another pair from the stripe inside the 40 second juncture. Hansen drained two more free throws to get the lead to double digits at 89-78, and Bell hit both a short time later to preserve the 11-point advantage at 91-80. A lone John A. Logan free throw brought the game to the final score. The Vols victimized themselves by missing nine second half free throws.

VU will be at home again Tuesday to host Lindsey Wilson and then finish off the 2015 portion of the schedule on Dec. 19 with another District 16 contest at Lewis & Clark.

 

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