No. 7 VU turns away Lake Land 82-66 to return to winning ways
February 7, 2013
The Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Team got back on the right side of things Wednesday night when the host Trailblazers opened the second half by outscoring Lake Land 10-3 to pull away slightly from a halftime tie at 29-all en route to an 82-66 win.
Sophomore forward Darius Carter scored a game-high 32 to pace seventh-ranked VU (21-1), while freshman guard Devin Foster scored 17 and sophomore guard Monte Burney had 12 for the Trailblazers.
Freshman forward Devin Carter had 31 points and freshman Harold McBride, Jr. scored 20 to lead Lake Land.
The Lakers (15-7) managed to cut the VU second half advantage to three points at one juncture, but the Trailblazers knocked down five 3-pointers and hit 18 free throws in the second half to provide a cushion on the way to the victory.
In the end, it was VU who polished its game the most after halftime. The Trailblazers were 24-of-37 at the free throw line overall, compared to the Lakers’ 16-for-23 performance at the stripe. The Trailblazers also totaled six treys while the Lakers canned only two from beyond the arc.
The game’s second half started almost exactly like the game tipped off. Tied at 29-all, both teams had slogged through an initial 20 minutes full of poor shooting and ball-handling miscues. The Lakers and Trailblazers both had 12 turnovers and had 11-for-33 first half shooting performances. The shooting woes included a lone trey for both squads.
In the second half, Carter took over inside for VU, getting loose for six field goals and hitting all four of his free throws after intermission. But Foster and Burney were a huge part of the victory as well. Burney scored all 12 of his points, including shooting 7-of-8 at the line after the midway point, and Foster had 14 second half points, including three of his four 3-pointers.
The Trailblazers will head to Olney Central Saturday. The men’s/women’s doubleheader will begin with the women at 6:30 p.m. (Vincennes time) and the men will follow at about 8:30 p.m.