Blazers Halt Four-Game Pirate Win Streak With 95-72 Victory On Thursday Night

Blazers Halt Four-Game Pirate Win Streak With 95-72 Victory On Thursday Night

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.

Freshman Corey Tillery led the Pirates with 14 points on the evening, while junior Denzel Council collected 13 points. Juniors KJ James and Larry Spicer each added 11 points.

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.