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Trailblazers bounce back from first loss

VINCENNES, Ind. — All 12 Vincennes University men’s basketball players made their way into the scoring column Saturday night, as the top-ranked and defending national champion Trailblazers bounced back from their first loss of the season by defeating visiting Lincoln Land, 115-46.

The win was the fifth in six games for the Trailblazers, and comes on the heels of their first loss of the season — a 63-60 loss at Highland.

The Trailblazers built a 38-9 lead 13 minutes into the game and hit 20 of 27 shots in the first half on the way to a 54-20 lead at the break. The Trailblazers went on an 18-0 run as they continued to pull away after halftime. The largest lead of the game was the 69-point final margin.

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Freshman Christian Wells (Muncie, Ind.) scored a career-high 20 points to lead six Trailblazers in double figures. Sophomore Colton Sandage (Bloomington, Ill.) hit five 3-point baskets on the game, on the way to adding 16 points. Sophomore Craig Porter (Terre Haute, Ind.) added 12 points, while sophomore Chinedu Okanu (Gary, Ind.), freshman Randy Tucker (Rock Island, Ill.) and sophomore Michael Rogers (Evansville, Ind.) all scored 12.
Wells snared seven rebounds, leading the Trailblazers to a 42-17 advantage on the glass. Sophomore Kevin Osawe (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) added six rebounds, as did freshman Matija Ilic (Belgrade, Serbia)

Sophomore Chuka Mekkam (Portland, Ore.) contributed a team-high eight assists, while Porter followed with seven.

Porter led the team by blocking three shots, while Ilic was credited with two. Osawe, Sandage, Rogers and sophomore Lukanda Teziggwa (Woodend, Victoria, Australia) all came up with two steals.

VU Coach Todd Franklin says. . .

“I thought we did a good job (tonight). I thought everybody came in and played hard. We moved the ball and tried to play more like we play. I thought across the board we played pretty well, pretty hard, and took advantage of some situations.”


  • The Trailblazers now lead the all-time series with the Loggers, a Division II team from Springfield, Ill., 11-0.
  • Sandage entered the game having hit all 16 attempts from the foul stripe. He made his first attempt on Saturday, but followed with his first miss of the season with 12:38 to play in the opening half.
  • Both Teziggwa and Ilic saw action for the first time this season.
  • The 115 points scored is a season-high for the Trailblazers, and the 46 points allowed is a season-low.
  • The Trailblazers cracked the 100-point mark for the first time since a 102-50 win over Shawnee on Feb. 4.
  • The 115 points for the Trailblazers are the most since a 122-122-41 win over Southeastern Illinois on Jan. 30.

Next up

The Trailblazers will travel to Centralia, Ill. on Wednesday, where they will open Region 24 play with a game against Kaskaskia. Kaskaskia defeated the Trailblazers, 78-76, in the Region 24 Tournament on March 6.

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