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No. 2 Vincennes University pushes record to 13-1

VINCENNES, Ind. – The second-ranked Vincennes University men’s basketball team recovered from a so-so first half with stronger play after intermission for a 76-62 victory over Don Bosco Institute at the P.E. Complex on Tuesday.

The Trailblazers (13-1) used a 12-3 start to the second half to turn a 34-29 halftime lead to a 46-32 advantage. The run, which took less than 4 1/2 minutes, allowed VU to build a double-figure lead that it kept for the remainder of the game. The Blazers’ biggest lead was 19 points.

VU Statistical Leaders

Sophomore Craig Porter (Terre Haute, Ind.) scored a career-high 27 points.
Freshman Christian Wells (Muncie, Ind.) came off the bench to score 13 points, making all five of his free-throw attempts.
Sophomores Kevin Osawe (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) and Kevin Kone (Osny, France) both added 10 points and five rebounds.
Porter also led the team with six rebounds and three steals. He also hit 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.

VU Coach Todd Franklin says. . .
"Thank goodness that Craig Porter woke up in the second half. When he did, it created separation. If the whole group woke up, it might look pretty good. Porter was tentative in the first half on his shot. He came out with a different fire in the second half, and I was pleased that he took more of a dominant role. Wells had some moments, but we're still trying to find our way.”
"I told them in the locker room after the game that I'll be back here on the 27th and try to get you better. At some point our guys have to buy in. At some point, we have to decide what kind of basketball team we're going to be."


  • It was the 10th time this season that the Blazers won by double figures.
  • The Blazers shot 57 percent in the second half (12 of 21) after firing 31 percent in the opening half (9-of-29). Both teams shot 42 percent for the game, but VU was 26-of-37 from the free-throw line and Bosco was 8-of-12.
  • VU improved to 6-0 all-time against Bosco, a prep school from Crown Point.
  • Javon Cooley led the Dons (8-2) with 15 points, making five of the team’s 12 3-pointers.

Next up

The Trailblazers play host to Elizabethtown Tech (Ky.) at 7 p.m. ET on Jan.4 at P.E. Complex.

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