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VU wins easily over Cochise in first NJCAA National Championship game; Patty turns in career-high 27-point effort to lead Trailblazers

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Sophomore A.J. Patty scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds while sophomore Mychal Mulder scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to help the ninth-seeded Vincennes University Men's Basketball Team (33-1) pull away from 24th-seeded Cochise Monday afternoon for a 90-60 win and a trip into the second round of the 2015 NJCAA Men's Div. I Basketball National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, KS.

VU, which also got 16 points from sophomore Donte' McGill, 12 points from sophomore Nigel Holley (plus five rebounds from each) and 11 assists from sophomore Everett Clemons, will face No. 8 seed South Plains at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday.

Despite having to overcome some early defensive woes and turnovers from tournament jitters, the Trailblazers shot 56.7 percent (30-for-50) from the floor and 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from beyond the 3-point arc. The hot shooting in the first half kept VU ahead of an aggressive Cochise early until an 8-0 burst in the closing minute of the first half helped the Trailblazers to a 48-37 halftime lead. When the two teams returned for the second half, VU went on a 27-9 tear that was capped off by sophomore Charles Foster finding Mulder for an alley-oop dunk that made it 75-46 near the 9:00 mark.

The Trailblazers, who never trailed in the contest, held the Apachees to just 23 second half points and led by as many as 32 at 79-47 at one point in the second 20 minutes. Cochise was only 4-for-28 from 3-point range in the game and VU held a 44-28 rebounding advantage. Patty had a game-high eight rebounds while Mulder hauled in seven boards.

Tuesday's game vs. South Plains will be carried live on Blazer 91.1 WVUB, with Dave Hunter on the call. His pre-game show from the Hutchinson Sports Arena will begin at about 5 p.m. (EST). NJCAATV also offers an online video stream of all tournament games. The online video broadcast usually begins just prior to the scheduled game time.

If VU reaches the semifinals, fan buses will leave the VU campus at 7 p.m. (EST) on Thursday to make the trip to Hutchinson for the Final Four. The buses will also transport the VU Pep Band and cheerleaders. If you would like to reserve space on a fan bus or get more information, call the VU Athletic Department at 812-888-4511.

  • For all general tournament information, including the bracket, schedule, results, statistics and fan information, visit the NJCAA National Championship Tournament web site at http://www.njcaabbtrny.org.

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