Ina, IL – The Vincennes University Trailblazers advance to the Semi-Finals of the Men’s Division I District 16 Basketball Tournament after a victorious effort against Kaskaskia College.
Vincennes started this game connecting, with two easy layups followed by a 3 by freshman Ty Gadsden led to an early timeout from the Kaskaskia head coach Brian Hancock. The Trailblazers offense continued to roll into the first media timeout, holding a 19 – 6 lead over the Blue Devils. The action became more of a back-and-forth battle through the remainder of the first half, with VU going into the locker room with a 16-point advantage, over the tournaments 8-seeded Kaskaskia. Gadsden was the leader offensively for the Trailblazers connecting on 4 of 7 from 3-point range, giving him 15 points at the break. Freshman Lony Francis, Jr was a force inside during the early stages of play, with 8 points and 3 rebounds. Fellow freshman big man George Dixon made sure to let the crowd at Rend Lake know that he is someone to watch, grabbing 6 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Trailblazers shooters did not cool down in the locker room and started the second half where they ended the first. Lony Francis, Jr. added 8 more points to his total early and was helped by sophomore C.J. Hedgepeth, who’s 3-pointer, along with a thunderous dunk from George Dixon nearly swung the momentum entirely in Vincennes’ favor. VU outscored the Blue Devils 28 – 8 in the first 10 minutes of the second-half, extending their lead to 65 – 29. Ty Gadsden connected with a pair of second-half 3’s to all but put the game away. VU’s bench came on in the final 4 minutes of play and put the final touches on an 81 – 45 victory.
Ty Gadsden was the games leading scorer with 21 points on 6 of 9 shooting from behind the arc. Gadsden also had 4 assists and 2 steals. Lony Francis, Jr. finished his day with 16 points and 4 rebounds. C.J. Hedgepeth added 11 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Sophomore Isaiah Tisdale round out the Trailblazers scorers with double-figure points with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. George Dixon put together yet another rebounding clinic, finishing with 11 to go along with his 6 points.
Vincennes advances to the Semi-Final round of the District 16 Tournament and will face the winner of Wabash Valley vs. Shawnee tomorrow, March 8th at 7 p.m. eastern/6 p.m. central. The VU men’s team joins the VU Lady Trailblazers who advanced to the Semi-Finals of the District P Tournament last night. The Lady Trailblazers will be in action tomorrow as well when they take on John A. Logan at 4 p.m. eastern/3 p.m. central.