Basketball Outlasts Albany State, 88-80

| November 14, 2016

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FORT VALLEY, Ga. – The Valdosta State men’s basketball team outlasted Albany State for a tightly contested, 88-80 non-conference victory over the Golden Rams in Fort Valley, Ga. late Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Blazers improved to 2-0 on the young season. Meanwhile, the Golden Rams dropped to 0-2.

In the first half, the Blazers led during a majority of the frame, although the score remained very tight throughout. Valdosta State looked as though they might break away after Jimmy Kodet delivered a three point play at the 11:11 mark to spark an 8-2 run and give VSU a 27-18 lead.

Albany State fired right back, however, and answered with a 13-4 run over the course of the next seven minutes to knot the contest back up at 31-31. The race to intermission was neck-and-neck, but the Blazers entered the break with a slight advantage at 42-41.

The first ten minutes of the second half featured seven ties and a slight advantage for Albany State, as they led for a majority of the stretch. The Blazers found their mark, however, after using a jumper by Sheldon Zablotny to take a 67-65 lead with 9:12 to go in regulation. Zablotny’s bucket put Valdosta State’s offense back on track and cued up a 15-6 run that would put VSU in front for good.

Saadiq Muhammad served as the primary force on the attack for VSU and recorded eight rebounds to go along with a team-high 20 points. The senior shot 9-for-14 in the game and complemented the efforts of Zablotny, Jeremiah Hill, and Carlos Beverly, who scored 19, 16, and 11 points respectively.

Valdosta State shot over 51 percent from the field in the game and used 22 putback points on 15 offensive rebounds to help offset ASU’s gritty effort.

The Blazers now turn their attention to the home opener, which will take place against Southeastern at The Complex on November 21st.

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