VALDOSTA, Ga. - The Valdosta State University men's basketball team shot 52.8 percent from the field, halting Armstrong State University's four-game winning streak with a 95-72 victory on Thursday evening in Valdosta.
The Pirates fell to 4-3 on the season while Valdosta State improved to 5-1. Armstrong State will break for final exams and return to action on Sunday, December 11th, visiting the College of Coastal Georgia for a 4:00 p.m. contest against the Mariners.
The Blazers used a 16-2 edge in points off of turnovers and a 16-2 edge in second-chance points to build a 46-30 lead at the break. Valdosta State then shot 58 percent in the second half - including hitting 6-of-12 three-pointers - to keep the Pirates at arm's length and record the victory in the first meeting between the two in-state rivals since 2011.
Valdosta State was led by Josh Lemons' 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Jeremiah Hill added 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-7 three-pointers.
The Blazers finished the contest hitting 38-of-72 shots from the floor (52.8 percent) compared to the Pirates' 43.3 percent (29-of-67). Valdosta State hit 11-of-23 three-pointers (47.8 percent) while the Pirates hit just 6-of-23 shots from the beyond the arc (26.1 percent). Armstrong State hit 8-of-10 shots from the free throw line (80 percent) while Valdosta State hit 8-of-11 foul shots (72.7 percent). VSU outrebounded the Pirates, 39-34, including a 14-12 edge on the offensive glass.