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VU Trailblazers hold on for 1-point win over Southeastern Illinois

The Vincennes University Men's Basketball Team weathered a comeback attempt by visiting Southeastern Illinois Wednesday that erased a double-digit lead midway through the second half, and the Trailblazers held on for a 67-66 victory at the VU P.E. Complex.
Freshman Jeremiah Bell led VU (19-5) with 18 points while sophomore Makur Puou scored 12 and freshman Nate Hansen finished with 10. Puou also pulled down nine rebounds - including six on the offensive end. Puou's work, combined with freshman Dainius Chatkevicius' 11 boards (including five offensive boards) enabled the Trailblazers to record 20 offensive rebounds and win the rebounding war, 43-39.
Unfortunately, the opportunities to grab 20 offensive rebounds came from VU's 32 percent shooting (24-of-75; 5-of-26 from beyond the arc). But the rebounding advantage and the fact that VU turned the ball over only 10 times helped preserve the win.
When it was all over - despite Southeastern Illinois outscoring the hosts, 40-37, in the second half and an evaporated 11-point Trailblazer lead with 10:16 to go - VU had prevailed. The game featured 12 lead changes and five ties.
The Trailblazers will host Lewis & Clark at 7 p.m. Saturday at the VU P.E. Complex.

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