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No. 2 Trailblazers remain undefeated

BY TRAVIS DAVID

 

ROBINSON, Ill. – The Vincennes University Men’s Basketball team scored 10 of the first 12 points of the game and never looked back in a road win at District 16 foe Lincoln Trail Monday night.

The Trailblazers lead by as many as 23 points in the first half and were never threatened in the second half, en route to a 94-74 win.
The No. 2 ranked Trailblazers improved to 13-0 on the season and 5-0 in league play.

“This was a pretty good 9-1 team coming into tonight so there were a lot of ways you could lose a game like this,” VU coach Todd Franklin said of Lincoln Trail. “When you can come out and punch them with some solid stuff from the beginning it starts to create some doubt for them and that is what we were able to do tonight.

“Teams are not just going to come out and hand you a 30-11 lead. Our guys came out ready, focused and handled what they needed to early on.”

George Dixon scored a career-high 23 points to go along with a game-high 16 rebounds in the win.

Lony Francis, Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to give the Trailblazers a formidable 1-2 punch in the post.

“Those two guys are going to pound you all night down there (in the post) and we are going with a lot of different actions to get them in that position,” Franklin said of his two post players. “We spend a lot of time in practice to be able to finish down there. Those guys work very hard at their craft to be able to hurt teams and that is what we expect out of them.”

Craig Porter also had a memorable game for the Trailblazers. The freshman guard stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four blocks.

“I thought he was a key to the way we were able to play tonight,” Franklin said. “He along with Kevin Kangu (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists), had solid nights. Not just the numbers because I don’t really pay attention to the numbers, those things sort themselves out, but they did a lot of good things, lot of positives without much negative.”

VU shot 35 of 63 from the field – 55 percent – and outrebounded the Statesmen 45-27.

Keith Clemons added 13 points in the win.

Justin Williams scored 26 points to pace LTC (9-2).

The Trailblazers will be off for the rest of Christmas break and return to action on Jan. 3 when they play host to Elizabethtown, inside the P.E. Complex.

 

Travis David can be reached at 812-888-6831 or at VUathletics@vinu.edu. Follow all Trailblazer athletics on Twitter @VUBlazerSports and on Facebook.

 

 

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