JACKSON, Tenn. – Tyrone Curnell and Marvin Dibble each scored 21 points to lead Valdosta State to a 104-76 non-conference victory over Lambuth Saturday afternoon.
Curnell connected on eight-of-nine field goal attempts and grabbed 10 rebounds, all in just 22 minutes of play, for his fifth double-double of the year. Meanwhile, Dibble connected on six-of-nine shots, including three-of-four three-pointers, and pulled down nine boards while also playing just 22 minutes in the game.
Lambuth (9-3) led just one time in the game as Chris Stokes gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead with a free throw 14 seconds into the game. Valdosta State (13-2) responded with a two-pointer and a three-pointer from Dibble and a basket by Curnell to grab the lead.
The game remained close through the first seven minutes of the contest before the Blazer bench opened up a double-digit lead that VSU would not relinquish. With VSU leading by just a point, Marquis Robinson opened the game-deciding run with a dunk and, after a basket by LU, Kevin Harris added a jumper and two free throws. Tristan Crawford fed Billy McShepard for a dunk and proceeded to contribute a three-pointer before following a Josh Williams basket with a jumper of his own to put Valdosta State in front 31-17 with 6:15 to go in the first half.
The Eagles closed to within 10 twice over the ensuing two and a half minutes, only to have Valdosta State close the half on a 14-5 run to build a 50-31 halftime advantage.
The Blazer lead dipped to 15 for a short period early in the second half before twice rising to as much as 26. Lambuth used a short 13-4 run midway through the half to close to within 17 points, at 85-68, only to have VSU respond with a 13-3 run. Harris pushed the Blazers above the century mark with a pair of free throws with 1:34 remaining, the fourth time this season Valdosta State has reached triple digits in a game.
Crawford and Harris, in his first game for the Blazers, joined Curnell and Dibble in double figures with 12 points each as 11 of the 12 VSU players scored in the contest. Valdosta State shot 51.5 percent from the floor in the game as it hit 35-of-68 field goal attempts, including 11-of-23 three-pointers. VSU owned a 50-35 advantage in rebounding and dished out 20 assists while recording 11 steals.
Nakeem Floyd scored 18 off the bench to lead the Eagles while Xavier Price added 16 and Antwan Long 14. Lambuth shot just 24-of-66, or 36.4 percent, from the field and turned the ball over 17 times in the contest.
Valdosta State stays on the road and opens Gulf South Conference play on Sunday as it plays at North Alabama. The game, which was moved to Sunday due to winter weather in Florence, Ala. area on Thursday, is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. tip-off.