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No. 3 Vincennes University men’s basketball improves to 11-1

VINCENNES, Ind. -  The third-ranked Vincennes University men’s basketball team had six double-figure scorers, led by 19 points from Chinedu Okanu (Gary, Ind.), and throttled Southeastern Illinois, 112-69, in a Region 24 basketball game Saturday at the P.E. Complex.

The Trailblazers (11-1, 4-0 Region 24) broke away from an 11-11 tie with a game-breaking 27-6 over seven minutes that included six 3-pointers from five players. It was 38-17 at that point and VU went into halftime with a 50-30 advantage. The lead never dropped below double figures in the second half.

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Other VU players in double figures were sophomore Chukka Mekkam (Portland, Ore.) 16 points; sophomore Colton Sandage (Bloomington, Ill.) 15; sophomore Kevin Osawe (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) and Christian Wells (Muncie, Ind.) 14 apiece; and sophomore Craig Porter (Terre Haute, Ind.) 10.

It was a career-high for Mekkam, who made a team-high four 3-pointers. He was also 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Wells, who scored four points in VU’s last three games, had 12 of his 14 in the second half.

VU Coach Todd Franklin says. . .

“We did better than we have been doing. The energy was better, the intensity was better and the focus was better. We're still a million miles away from perfect execution, but it was a better night. We were able to beat them up on the interior and break it open. We have to work on sliding our feet a little bit, but Southeastern is quick, good off the bounce and plays hard. If they can hit some shots, they can cause some problems."


  • It was the third time VU cleared the century mark, the last time coming Nov. 23 in a 102-65 victory over Harry S. Truman (Ill.).
  • The teams combined for 15 three-pointers in the first half, with VU making nine of them. The Trailblazers finished with 14 three-pointers.
  • Franklin is 16-0 all-time against Southeastern, where he coached prior to coming to VU.
  • It was the fifth consecutive game that Porter reached double figures in scoring.
  • My’Quoin Garrett led Southeastern (2-8, 0-4) with 18 points.

Next up

The Trailblazers play host to honorable mention Lincoln Trail (10-0, 3-0) in a Region 24 game on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET in the P.E. Complex.


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