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VU Trailblazers start slowly, drop 2015-16 season opener, 78-66, to Rock Valley

The Vincennes University Men's Basketball Team quickly fell behind at the outset, battled back to lead and then surrendered to the effects of a rough patch early in the second half Friday night in dropping its season-opening game to Rock Valley in the second contest of the 2015 Kiwanis Classic at the VU P.E. Complex.

The Trailblazers (0-1) fell 78-66 behind freshman guard Jeremiah Bell's 20 points (including four 3-pointers). No other VU player reached double figures but sophomore forward Stuart Jackson and freshman guard Jordan Manse (three treys) both finished with nine points while sophomore center Makur Puou had eight and freshman forward Dreon Lewis came off the bench to score seven.

Sophomore forward Justin King pulled down 10 rebounds for the Trailblazers and Bell dished out four assists.

But sophomore guard L.T. Davis scored a game-high 32 for the Golden Eagles (1-0). He was followed by a trio of Rock Valley players with 11 each.

Rock Valley took command from the opening tip and opened up an 8-0 lead to prompt a VU timeout. The lead eventually reached 11-2 early on. The Trailblazers climbed in front and led 36-34 at halftime. But a 25-12 run by the Golden Eagles over the first 14 minutes of the second half gave Rock Valley a double-digit lead and VU was never able to catch up. Davis scored 22 in the second 20 minutes, including a 9-for-9 performance at the free throw line in the second half. Meanwhile, VU hit only 6-of-13 from the stripe and committed half of its 18 turnovers after halftime to hinder its chances at a comeback.

The Trailblazers return to the P.E. Complex floor Saturday night to face Motlow College in the fourth and last game of the Kiwanis Classic. The Bucks (0-1) fell to Olney Central (1-0), 68-66, in the Kiwanis Classic's opening game Friday. On Saturday, Olney Central and Rock Island will open the day's Kiwanis Classic action at 5 p.m. VU and Motlow College will follow at about 7 p.m.

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