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VU escapes with 48-47 victory over Olney Central, despite cold shooting
 January 8, 2013

Flat effort leaves Trailblazers playing catch-up

The NJCAA No. 5 Vincennes Trailblazers had to overcome a frigid shooting performance and a stingy Olney Central defense Monday night to post a come-from-behind 48-47 win over the visiting Blue Knights remain unbeaten at 14-0 on the season.

Sophomore Darius Carter had 12 to lead VU. Sophomore Jeremiah Williams had 10 and sophomore Monte Burney scored 8, including hitting the game-winner for the Trailblazers.

VU got on the board first and then struggled to hit shots from both inside the 3-point line and beyond the arc throughout the first half. As a result of the cold shooting (9-for-31 and 1-for-10 from 3-point land) and a 9-3 free throw shooting advantage for Olney Central (10-2), the Trailblazers trailed 24-21 at halftime.

A 7-0 Olney Central run early in the second half put VU in a position that required chipping away at the lead. The visitors led 34-32 with nearly 12:00 to play and VU hung close until Carter's dunk with authority at the 6:35 mark provided VU with a 39-38 lead. That was VU's first lead since 2-0 to open the game. After an Olney Central miss, freshman Devin Foster drilled a trey from the corner to make it 42-28 Trailblazers, thanks to 10 straight points before the Blue Knights called timeout with 5:56 to play.

Despite shooting woes at the line that rivaled the lack of marksmanship from the floor for the Trailblazers, VU clung to its lead until Olney Central's Kyheim Hall put the Blue Knights back ahead 47-46 with a bucket.  Burney answered with a jumper that turned out to be the winner for the 48-47 outcome and Delaney blocked OCC guard  Deonte Houston's shot at the other end. VU sophomore Jerrod Gaston grabbed the ball and was fouled as he started down the floor. The foul sent Gaston to the line in the double-bonus with 21.4 seconds to go. Gaston missed both from the line and Olney Central corralled the rebound and called timeout with 16.3 seconds left in regulation.

The Blue Knights got the shot they wanted but Hall missed the layup under pressure and Delaney pulled down the rebound. Eventually, Gaston was fouled again with 1.2 seconds remaining. Again, Gaston missed both free throws. Olney called timeout and drew up a play to get someone open for the baseball pass down the floor and a quick shot for the win, but Burney was able to slap the long pass down and end the nail-biter for the Trailblazers.

VU will head to Lincoln Trail in Robinson, IL, on Wednesday. The Trailblazers' 8 p.m. (Vincennes time) game will cap off a men's-women's doubleheader that includes the VU women tipping off at 6 p.m. (Vincennes time). Both VU squads will then return home to host Wabash Valley on Saturday. VU will host “Pack the House Night” for Saturday's games. In addition to the Trailblazers taking on the Warriors (women’s game at 5 p.m.; men’s game at 7 p.m.) in The Clash on the Wabash, several contests, other prize giveaways and lots of fun activities are planned for the entire university and surrounding communities.

For more information on Saturday’s activities, visit www.govutrailblazers.com/packthehouse.

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