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Vincennes University rolls past Harry S. Truman

 

VINCENNES, Ind. — The sixth-rated Vincennes University men’s basketball team held Harry S. Truman scoreless for more than seven minutes at the outset of the game Saturday night, and breezed to a 102-65 win at the P.E. Complex.

The Trailblazers kept the Falcons off the scoreboard for the first 7:15, while building a 15-0 lead. That led to a 45-28 lead at halftime. Although Harry S. Truman was able to close to within 11 points, 46-35, at one point, a 12-point scoring run helped the Trailblazers run away to the win.

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Sophomore Kevin Osawe (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) posted career-highs with 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge. Osawe totaled 15 points in the opening half, and finished eight of 14 from the floor while making all seven of his free throws.

Sophomore Craig Porter (Terre Haute, Ind.) came off the bench to also contribute a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Chinedu Okandu (Gary, Ind.) hit seven of 10 shots and finished with 18 points. He snared nine rebounds to finish one board shy of a double-double.

Freshman John Ukomadu (Detroit, Mich.), Osawe and Porter all blocked two shots in the win, while Porter dished out a team-high seven assists, with sophomore Colton Sandage (Bloomington, Ill.) and freshman Randy Tucker (Rock Island, Ill.) accounting for four apiece.

VU Coach Todd Franklin says. . .

“In the second half we got a little bit more pressure on the ball for one little stretch. We moved the ball from one side of the floor to the other with some intensity and were able to get inside. Then we kicked it out and hit a couple of threes, which were good shots.”

“A lot of the things that we’re doing and having success with right now will not be successful Tuesday (at John A. Logan). Their team is athletic, long and talented. It will require real precision to beat them. Right now, we’re not there.”

Notes

  • The Trailblazers are now 8-1 overall and 7-0 in home games. They’re riding a three-game winning streak.
  • The game marked the second time this season that VU cracked the century mark. The other was in a 115-46 win over Lincoln Land on Nov. 16.
  • The game was the first ever meeting between the Trailblazers and the Falcons.
  • The loss was the fourth in a row for the Falcons, who fell to 4-5 on the season.

Next up

The Trailblazers will travel to Carterville, Ill., on Nov. 26 for an early-season Region 24 matchup with John A. Logan, which is unranked but received votes in last week’s poll.

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MARCIA MARTINEZ, Sports Information Director & University Life Reporter

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