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#2 Vincennes University Trailblazers Start Off 2018 With A Victory Over Elizabethtown Tech

Vincennes, IN-The #2 ranked Vincennes Trailblazers came back after a 3-week break to defeat Elizabethtown Tech by the score of 108 – 29.

In the first-half the Elizabethtown Tech Barons seemed to be over-matched by the highly-ranked Vincennes University Trailblazers. VU going into half-time with a 54 – 16 lead. Freshmen Keith Clemons led all scoring in early portion of the game with 11 points. Sophomore Rodney Culver, Jr., freshmen Lony Francis and George Dixon added 8 points each. Francis and Dixon were also responsible for 4 rebounds. VU’s big men had no issues pulling in rebounds, out rebounding the Barons 23 – 7. The Trailblazers’ shooters were on fire early in the game also, going into the locker room with a 68% shooting percentage.

The second-half was very similar to the first, as the VU managed to score 54 points in both periods. Keith Clemons continued his outstanding performance into the second period hitting on 3 of his 4 3-point attempts in the second-half, in route to a game-high 20 points. George Dixon delivered 8 of his 16 points in the second half, and pulled in 4 more rebounds, ending the night with 8 total. Freshman Ty Gadsden caught fire early in the second-half connecting on both of his 3-point attempt which helped him have a 13 point and 5 assists for the game.

In all, 6 Trailblazers reached double figures. Clemons (20), Dixon (16), Gadsden (13), Francis (12) and 6 rebounds, sophomore Isaiah Tisdale (12) and 7 assists, and Culver, Jr (10). Sophomore Hughes Mbumba pulled in 7 rebounds off the bench. Vincennes combined to shoot for a season-high 64% from the field.

The Trailblazers are back this Saturday, January 6th, when the take on Owens Community College as part of a men’s and women’s double-header. The VU Women’s team will start the action at 5 p.m. eastern, with the men’s game to follow at approx. 7 p.m. eastern.

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