Valdosta, Ga. – Valdosta State dominated the first half, building a 30-point halftime advantage in the process, as the Blazers defeated Lambuth 98-67 in men's basketball action at The Complex Saturday afternoon.
Valdosta State (18-7, 5-4) used an early 21-5 run to grab a double digit advantage. Josh Sparks sparked the run as he scored five of the points, including a monstrous left-handed dunk on a missed Kevin Harris jumper. Harris added six more points and fed Sparks for a lay-up that turned into a three-point play as the Blazers turned a 5-3 lead into a 26-8 advantage.
Lambuth (10-12) scored the next eight points of the game to close to within 10 points, only to have the Blazers respond with 23 of the next 26 points to push their lead to 49-19 at the intermission.
VSU dominated the first half stats as it connected on 20-of-35 field goal attempts to shoot 57.1 percent from the field while holding Lambuth to just 6-of-32, or 18.8 percent. The Blazers also owned a 31-16 advantage in rebounding and blocked five shots in the frame while owning a 24-10 advantage in points in the paint during the half.
The Eagles got to within 58-35 early in the second half, but got no closer as Valdosta State led by as much as 35 on two different occasions during the final 10 minutes of play.
Sparks led Valdosta State with 19 points and 12 rebounds while also blocking three shots in the game. Will Alston also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards while Martrez Scott added 17. Kevin Harris and Christian Hunter 11 contributed each while Sidney Harris finished with 13.
The Blazers shot 53.8 percent in the game as they connected on 35-of-65 field goal attempts. VSU owned a 55-33 advantage in rebounding in the game while blocking 11 shots.
Antwan Long led Lambuth with 14 points while Nakeem Floyd finished with 10. The Eagles shot 33.8 percent from the floor in the game.
Valdosta State returns to action next Saturday, February 19 when it hosts West Georgia at 8:00 p.m. The Blazer seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game.