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Shawnee no match for No. 2 Trailblazers

February 4, 2019 / Shawnee no match for No. 2 Trailblazers

 

VINCENNES, Ind. - Shawnee came out swinging Monday night, but it was the Vincennes University men’s basketball team who delivered the knockout punch.

And it came early.

The No. 2 Trailblazers used a 32-3 run in the first half to take a commanding 36-9 lead with 7 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Trailblazers never let off the pedal in a 102-50 shellacking of the visiting Saints.

With the win, VU improves to 22-1 on the season and extend its winning streak to eight.

It was the third straight game the Trailblazers have toppled the 100-point barrier.

“Really this is the fourth straight game where we have been able to distance ourselves from our opponent,” VU coach Todd Franklin stated. “The last 16-17 minutes of the first half tonight, we were pretty good. We are putting things together, now we just have to continue it.”

Lony Francis, Jr. led six different Trailblazers in double figures as the sophomore preseason All-American tallied a game-high 17 points.

Colton Sandage added 16 points, George Dixon and Keith Clemons both scored 11 points while Jordan Lyons and Kevin Kone came off the bench to score 12 and 10 points, respectively.

“And all those guys are scoring double figures in limited minutes so it’s not indicative on what kind of performance they really had,” Franklin said.

The 16 points for Sandage was the fourth straight game he’s totaled 16 or more.

“The biggest thing with Colton is his shot preparation,” the Trailblazers coach said of his outside sharpshooter. “We have hammered it to him all season that he needs to bend his knees, get his backside back, chin to shot and be ready to shoot during the pass. It’s just some technical things and he is really locked in right now.

“He brings a tremendous quality to us, and we think he is going to continue to get his looks with the way we like to attack and get out inside looks as well.”

Led by Sandage’s four triples, the Trailblazers knocked down seven of their 12 attempts from behind the arc.

VU made good on 39 of its 70 shots from the field, while holding Shawnee to 30 percent (17-for-56).

“Defensively we are getting better,” Franklin said. “People will look and talk about what we have scored, but really it all starts with getting stops and holding teams to a low percentage on their shots. That’s what we have done.

“It’s all coming together and now we just have to keep pushing.”

The Trailblazers return to the court Saturday with a game against Kaskaskia inside the P.E. Complex.

Kaskaskia took the Trailblazers into overtime back on Dec. 8.

Tipoff is 7 p.m., following the women’s contest.


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TRAVIS DAVID, Assistant Sports Information Director
812-888-6831 office, vuathletics@vinu.edu
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports Information Director
812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell, VUNews@vinu.edu, mmartinez@vinu.edu

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY, Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom




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LINK to VU Online Newsroom, click HERE
LINK to VU Athletics, click HERE

TRAVIS DAVID, Assistant Sports Information Director
   812-888-6831 office, vuathletics@vinu.edu
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports Information Director
   812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell, VUNews@vinu.edu, mmartinez@vinu.edu

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY, Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom

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