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Trailblazers make right adjustments to overtake Lincoln Trail, 78-60
 January 14, 2014

ROBINSON, Ill. – The Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Team made the correct adjustments – including getting more physical and aggressive at both ends of the floor – and clawed back from a five-point halftime deficit to top host Lincoln Trail 78-60 Monday night.

The game was finally played after being postponed twice since early December because of inclement weather.

Sophomore forward Willie Wiley scored 22 points while sophomore guard Paris Burns finished with 14 and VU (15-1) got 12 each from sophomore forward Loomis Gerring and freshman forward Mychal Mulder. The Statesmen were led by guard Jake Newton’s 13 points.

NJCAA ninth-ranked VU got off to a slow start and eventually cut the early Lincoln Trail lead to 14-13 but could never get completely over the hump as the Statesmen (6-6) led 34-29 at the midway point. Wiley had 12 of his points and Mulder added eight in the first 20 minutes to help keep the Trailblazers in striking distance. That wound up paying off because VU definitely struck early in the second half.

Gerring had seven quick second half points and Wiley continued to get to the rim but Burns keyed the second half run with a pair of treys and a two-point field goal in the process of scoring all 14 of his points after halftime. VU quickly built up a 62-54 advantage and weathered a mini-run by Lincoln Trail to pull away.

The Trailblazers will return home Wednesday for a men’s and women’s doubleheader vs. John A. Logan at the VU P.E. Complex. On Wednesday, the ladies start at 5 p.m. and the men will follow at about 7 p.m. The VU Men’s Basketball Team is looking to post its 52nd consecutive home win, which would be a VU record.

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