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Free throws, treys, offensive rebound help VU defeat Olney Central 77-74
 February 11, 2013

OLNEY, Ill. – The seventh-ranked Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Team moved to 23-1 on the season Saturday night with a 77-74 win at Olney Central, thanks in part to sophomore Darius Carter’s clutch offensive rebound and the Trailblazers hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the final three minutes.

Carter scored 20 points and sophomores Deshawn Delaney and Monte Burney had 16 and 15, respectively, while freshman Devin Foster scored 13. Foster hit four of VU’s seven treys

Olney Central sophomore Deonte Houston had a game-high 22 and sophomore Kyheim Hall scored 18.

The Trailblazers (23-1) led 68-66 with 3:00 to go and the possession arrow in their favor when Olney Central sophomore Thomas Anderson drained a 3-pointer to put the Blue Knights up by a point. But Burney answered with a jumper to move VU back ahead in the see-saw affair that was typical of recent years' VU-Olney Central clashes (prior to Saturday's game, four of the last six VU-OCC contests had gone to overtime). After Hall was fouled as he knifed to the basket and hit 1-of-2 at the stripe to deadlock the game again at 70 with 2:12 remaining, VU called timeout.

Out of the timeout, Burney was fouled as he went to the rim and hit both. But Houston banked in an off-balance shot at the other end to knot it up yet again at 72-all.

It seemed like déjà vu for the Trailblazers when Burney got to the line again, this time with VU in the double bonus. Burney sank one from the stripe, but Hall got inside and spun to the rim to score and put Olney Central on top for what would be its final lead at 74-73.

Burney was hacked by Houston with 55.4 seconds to go and knocked down both free throws for another VU lead at 75-74. At the other end, Hall fell down with the ball as he tried to hit a heart-breaking shot. While Hall was on the floor, VU sophomore Jerrod Gaston tied him up for a held ball and the possession went to the Trailblazers.

As the clock reached the :22.1 mark and the shot clock showed 14 seconds left, VU Coach Todd Franklin called timeout to regroup for the final seconds. After VU’s final timeout, Burney was off the mark on the 3-point attempt but Carter pulled down the biggest offensive rebound of the night with :10.5 to play. Carter was fouled by Anderson and Carter hit both free throws for the final margin of victory.

Olney Central called a timeout of its own with :6.6 to play. The Blue Knights then went to Houston for the attempt at tying up the game in the closing seconds, but as he leaned in and tried to draw a foul on the trey attempt, his shot caromed off the side of the backboard and out of bounds. The Trailblazers in-bounded the ball with :0.5 showing on the clock and claimed the win.

VU will host Lincoln Trail Wednesday. The 7:30 p.m. game at the VU P.E. Complex will follow the VU women facing Lincoln Trail at 5:30 p.m.

In partnership with The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and The V Foundation, VU will donate admission from that evening’s crowd to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Yow passed away from stage 4 breast cancer in early 2009. She coached the North Carolina State women’s basketball program from 1975 until shortly before her death. During her more than three decades on the sidelines for the Wolfpack, Yow earned induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame with more than 650 of her 700-plus career wins.

The nationwide Play 4 Kay program is an opportunity for coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and research funds on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4 Kay initiative has generated more than $2 million for the cause.

A variety of activities and items will be raising funds leading up to and during Wednesday’s games. In addition to accepting donations and pledges in the days before the Play for Kay event and a silent auction that evening, the VU Athletic Department will be selling T-shirts with the Play 4 Kay logo for $10, Proceeds from that evening’s 50/50 drawing will also be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Another activity planned for Wednesday’s games is a residence hall wing challenge. The Trailblazers encourage all students living on-campus to get EVERYONE on their residence hall wing to dress in pink and come to the games because the two wings with the most residents signed in at the games will get free food from Papa John’s Pizza and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches.

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