VSU Men’s Basketball Buries Pirates, 95-72

| December 2, 2016

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VALDOSTA – The Valdosta State Blazers delivered a statement win in their last matchup before conference play with an impressive 95-72 win over Armstrong State on Thursday night at The Complex in Valdosta, Ga.

The win improved Valdosta State to 5-1 on the season and snapped a four-game winning streak for the Pirates, which dropped Armstrong State to 4-3 overall.

The Pirates scored the first points of the game after a pair of early free throws by Denzel Council at the 18:34 mark, before the Blazers fired back and reclaimed a 4-2 advantage with back-to-back jumpers by Jeremiah Hill and Damian Young. The two teams traded buckets during the next three minutes and the Pirates reclaimed a narrow lead until the 14-20 mark, when Marquise Simuels sliced through the lane to sink a contested layup and give VSU a 12-10 lead.

With the help of a 12-point (5-for-11) first half performance by Hill, Valdosta State continued to build on their lead throughout the remainder of the opening frame, and the Blazers stretched their lead to 16 points at 46-30 by the end of the half.

The Pirates hung around in the second half but never came any closer than 13 points, as Valdosta State used a 57.6 percent second-half shooting effort to hold Armstrong State at bay. Josh Lemons was the anchor for the Valdosta State offense, which has scored 85 or more points in every contest this season. The senior buried 9-of-10 shots from the field in the game, shot a perfect 3-of-3 from the three point line, and a hit 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Lemons’ 25 points in the game marked a career-high and eclipsed his previous career-best of 19, which he achieved in Valdosta State’s last home game against Southeastern on November 21st.

Hill finished with 24 points in the game and added five rebounds and three assists, while Young made his first career start at home count with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field.

The Blazers will now begin preparations for Gulf South Conference play against the West Florida Argonauts with an 8:30 p.m. EST matchup on December 11th. Live coverage will be provided at www.vstateblazers.com.

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