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VU Trailblazers blast Elizabethtown Tech, 96-40, for 7th straight victory

Although it held a 20-point halftime lead over visiting Elizabethtown Tech Saturday night, the Vincennes University Men's Basketball Team scored only 34 points in the first half and earned a halftime address from coach Todd Franklin that lasted almost the entire midway break. The Trailblazers (9-3) responded and returned to the floor to match their first half production in the first 10 minutes of the second half on the way to a 96-40 win over the Barons. It was VU's seventh consecutive win of the season.

Freshman Theo Holloway drained five 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 19 points, which paced four Trailblazers in double figures as freshman Jeremiah Bell had 18, freshman Nate Hansen came off the bench to finish with 16 and freshman Jordan Manse also had 14 off the bench. Manse (four treys), Hansen (three treys) and Bell (two treys) combined with Holloway to lead a long-range barrage of 14 3-pointers on the night for VU.

Elizabethtown Tech's Joziah Stinson had 15 to lead the Barons.

Shooting from beyond the arc wasn't all the story for the Trailblazers. VU held Elizabethtown Tech to 29 percent shooting (15-for-52 overall and 4-for-22 from 3-point range) while posting a .545 shooting percentage of its own. The hosts also outrebounded the Barons by a 54-11 margin. In addition, the Trailblazers recovered from a 10-turnover first half to commit only five miscues after halftime and push the lead to as many as 60 points in the final minute. VU had led 34-14 at the half.

Despite not playing as well as it would've liked in the first half, VU was never in any danger. The Barons didn't score their first points until the 14:49 mark. By that time, the Trailblazers had posted 11 points, thanks in part to Holloway's two early treys. Neither team scored over the next 2:40, before Hansen hit his first 3-pointer. Freshman guard Calvin Kintu threw an alley-oop pass to Holloway for a slam to make it 16-2 and VU led 21-4 when Manse bottomed out a trey with 8:20 left before halftime. The Trailblazers extended it to 29-9 by the 4:00 mark and went to the locker room with the 34-14 advantage.

At the half, Holloway and Bell had eight points each and VU - which had shot 5-for-13 from beyond the arc - held a 25-7 rebounding edge (including seven VU offensive boards).

Although it took a little more than a minute to score in the second half (a Holloway 3-pointer at the 18:53 mark), VU matched its first half offensive output in the first 10 minutes of the second half and cruised to the victory as every active Trailblazer player logged time on the floor.

VU will be idle on the schedule until hosting John A. Logan on Dec. 12 at the VU P.E. Complex. The 7 p.m. game will follow the VU Women's Basketball Team taking on the John A. Logan women at 5 p.m.

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