Blazers Fall 71-56 to Eckerd

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 Blazer’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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