DECEMBER 1, 2018 / VU Men remain undefeated with home win
VINCENNES, Ind.-- The Vincennes University Men’s Basketball team was
pushed early on Saturday night, but pulled away in the second half.
The No. 6 Trailblazers improved to 11-0 on the season with an 85-67
win over Highland, inside the P.E. Complex.
Highland led 16-15 with 12 minutes, 19 seconds left in the first half.
Trailblazer sophomore guard
Keith Clemons knocked down a jumper on the
next possession for a 17-16 advantage and VU never relinquished the lead.
“They are a good team,” VU coach Todd Franklin said of Highland.
“They have been to Hutchinson (for the National Tournament) the last
two years. Only 24 teams get to go there. So we knew this would be a
Highland stayed within striking distance as the Trailblazers carried
a 37-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Lony Francis, Jr. strapped the team on his
back in the second half.
The preseason All-American scored 20 of his game-high 30 points after
intermission to help the ‘Blazers pull away over the final 20 minutes
The 30 points set a new career high for Francis, beating his previous
high of 24 set last February at Lake Land.
“Lony was tremendous,” Franklin said. “We thought coming in we could
had a chance to hurt them with him (down in the post) and that’s what
we did in the second half. We called his number for him to get a touch
on every possession in the second half. We wanted to go through him.”
George Dixon scored the first four points of
the second half for the ‘Blazers, Francis scored the next eight points
for a 49-38 lead with 14:52 left to play. The lead marked the largest
lead of the game.
Highland was not able to come closer nine points the rest of the game.
Craig Porter and
Colton Sandage both knocked down 3-pointers in
the corner, off of passes from Francis in the post, to help put the
“Once they started to collapse down on Lony he did a nice job of
being patient and played horse with our outside shooters (Porter and
Sandage),” Franklin said. “Those outside shots were a byproduct of
them not being able to stop Lony down in the post.”
Both Porter and Sandage added eight points in the win.
Dixon and Clemons scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, to join
Francis in double figures.
“Those five guys really gave us some solidary, especially in the
second half and we stayed with that line up most of the half,”
Dixon finished with a double-double as he added 11 rebounds.
The Trailblazers won the rebounding battle, 38-26 -- a feat they have
accomplished every game this season.
The Trailblazers travel to play at Kaskaskia next Saturday with a 4
p.m. (EST) tip-off.
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MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
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