The EC run lasted the first 8:47 of the second half and saw the Tritons hit 12-of-18 field goal attempts while holding the Blazers (4-3) to just two-of-nine shooting. Eckerd also tallied five steals while forcing seven VSU turnovers as Eckerd (5-2) turned a 33-24 halftime deficit into a 51-37 advantage.
The Triton lead remained in double digits the remainder of the half, topping off at 64-45with 3:37 remaining. Eckerd hit 17-of-30 field goal attempts in the second half while the Blazers managed just nine-of-23 shooting in the frame.
Neither team shot well in the opening 20 minutes of play as Eckerd hit just seven-of-25 field goal attempts (28.0 percent) while VSU connected on nine-of-24 (37.5 percent).
Valdosta State opened the game on a 4-0 run, behind a Devario Hudson jumper and a Tristan Crawford layup, only to have Eckerd score the next eight points. Bahaadar Russell cut the VSU deficit to one with a three less than five minutes into the game. However, his field goal proved to be Valdosta State's final shot for the next 10 minutes, as the Blazerâ€™s next 12 points came from the free throw line.
VSU hit 12-of-16 free throws during its struggles shooting over the 10 minute span, but allowed the Tritons to connect on just three-of-11 shots while also forcing five turnovers as VSU built a 19-14 lead.
Crawford, Jaquan Bray and Russell each tallied a VSU-high 11 points while Ricky Coleman pulled down a team-best six rebounds. The Blazers hit 18-of-47 field goal attempts, for 38.3 percent shooting.
Josh King scored a game-high 25 points while Zaronn Cann had 15. Lewis Lampley pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds as the Tritons owned a 40-31 advantage in rebounding.
Valdosta State returns to action Monday, December 10 when it hosts Georgia Southwestern in the P.E. Complex at 7:30 p.m.
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