VINCENNES, Ind. — On a night when Vincennes University basketball
legend Shawn Marion was honored in front of a packed P.E. Complex, the
ninth-ranked Trailblazers treated the crowd to a 70-64 thrilling win
over Lake Land on Wednesday.
The atmosphere was electric as fans filled the stands to welcome the
NBA champion and four-time NBA all-star home to VU. He was honored
with a special halftime ceremony.
“It meant a lot,” Marion said. “This is where I started my career.
This was the foundation of me going to the league after I Ieft here.
It’s a touching moment.
“I follow the program closely still to this day. We were (national)
champions last year, of course. Hopefully we can repeat this year.
When you set off on a career, you don’t know where it’s going to lead
you and I was fortunate enough to start my foundation here and build a
strong base, and it prevailed me to have a long career in basketball.
It’s been an amazing process. I look back through my time here and I
reminisce at some of the things that I did here when I was in school,
and it brings back great memories.”
Marion played for VU during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. He is
second on the all-time VU scoring list with 1,685 points. He ranks
second in career rebounds with 923. After transferring to the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Marion spent 16 seasons in the NBA.
He was a member of the Dallas Mavericks when they won the NBA
championship in 2011, and was a member of the bronze-medal U.S.
Olympic team in 2004. He is famously nicknamed "The Matrix".
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Sophomore Craig Porter (Terre Haute, Ind.) hit a 3-pointer from the
top of the key with 30 seconds remaining and lifted the Trailblazers
into the lead for good, 66-64.
VU then salted the game away at the foul line as sophomores Randy
Tucker (Rock Island, Ill.) and Kevin Osawe (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
both hit twice.
Osawe recorded his 11th double-double of the season, as he led all
players with 20 points and 15 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes.
Sophomore Chinedu Okanu (Gary, Ind.) scored 16 points and grabbed
eight rebounds, while Porter added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Sophomore Chuka Mekkam (Portland, Ore.) led VU with four assists,
while Porter contributed a team-high three blocked shots.
VU Coach Todd Franklin says. . .
“It was a great night, with a great crowd. I’ll not speak for him but
I think Shawn and (his former teammates) had a great time. I’m proud
of the community for coming out and showing their love and support.”
“It’s not going to be pretty to win when you go 7 of 33 from 3-point
range. But our guys gutted it out and came from down in the second
half. They made the plays down the stretch they had to make to win the
game, and got the stops they had to get. We’ll learn from it.”
- VU improved its overall record to 16-2. The Blazers are 7-1 in
- The Trailblazers led by as many as 14 points in the first half,
while Lake Land (5-12, 1-8 Region 24) was on top by as many points
in the second half. The game featured four ties and 10 lead changes
- VU leads the all-time series with Lake Land, 34-3. It holds an
18-1 lead over the Lakers in games played at the P.E. Complex.
- The Trailblazers are 14-0 in homes game this season, and 2-2 on
- VU made just 26 of 63 shots for 41 percent, but held a commanding
47-28 on the backboards.
- Lake Land’s Adam Price led three Lakers in double figures with 15
points, including 13 after halftime.
The Trailblazers will travel to Godfrey, Ill., for a Region 24 game
on Jan. 18 against Lewis & Clark. The contest was originally
scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. EST, but the start time has been moved
to 8 p.m. EST.
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