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#5 Trailblazers Upended by Rival Wabash Valley

The #5 nationally ranked Vincennes University Trailblazers lost a heart-breaker to rival Wabash Valley College tonight 95-to-88 despite strong efforts by sophomore front-court running-mates Chris Darrington and Nate Hansen.

VU got off to a slow start, allowing Wabash Valley to jump out to a 13-to-2 advantage 3 minutes into the contest. Freshman Isaiah Tisdale would get things going for the Trailblazers with a basket and add another at the free-throw stripe to complete the three-point play. However, VU was unable to jumpstart their offense, allowing Wabash Valley to stretch their lead to 12 with 7 minutes to play, and eventually the Warriors would grow their lead to 15 by half-time. Vincennes trailed their opponent 47-35 going into the half despite 14 points from Chris Darrington, and 8 points & 5 rebounds for Nate Hansen.

The second-half started the same way for the Trailblazers as Wabash Valley jumped out to a 4-0 run in the first 45 seconds of play, extending their lead to 16. The Warriors would grow their lead to 21 with 5:38 to play, when suddenly, VU showed signs of life. Chris Darrington buried 3-point baskets on back-to-back possessions, and proved that he would will his Blazers back into the ball game. VU closed within 4 with 3:46 to play! However, Vincennes was unable to close on the Warriors, and the Trailblazers would drop a gut-wrenching, 95-to-88 contest to rival Wabash Valley.

Chris Darrington led all scorers in the game with 34 points, and knocked down 5 triples. Fellow sophomore Nate Hansen added 18 points and 7 rebounds, as well as hitting 4 triples himself. Hansen now has knocked down 148 3’s in his VU career, a mere 26 shy of tying the all-time school record.

The #5 Trailblazers will look to return to their winning ways in district play as they travel to Belleville to take on Southwestern Illinois Community College! Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.!

For full box-score see: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/2016-17/div1/boxscores/20170228_11w5.xml

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