Blazers lose third straight game
Written by: Neil Frawley
Shots just didn’t fall for Valdosta State Thursday night.
North Alabama overcame a 35-32 deficit at halftime to outlast VSU 79-63 in the P.E. Complex.
VSU has loss its last three games.
VSU’s shooting percentage fell from the 40 percent in the first half to just 30 percent in the second half; the Blazers settled on three-pointers in the second half, hoisting 16 of them and converting on just three.
In the second half, UNA went on a 23-3 run.
VSU’s Colin Cook’s layup at the 19:47 mark in the second half would be VSU’s last field goal until the 11:07 mark when David Murray would score a layup.
At that point UNA was up 57-40 and wouldn’t falter for the rest of the game.
UNA had five of its players finish the game in double figures. Rashaun Claiborne and Nathan Spehr each contributed16 points. Spher also had four assists and two steals.
VSU had four players in double figures. Murray lead the way with 15 points and eight rebounds, making good on four out of six shots made from behind the three-point line. He scored 12 in the second half.
Other notable performances were by transfer Jalen Crawford, who had 13 points and eight rebounds. Colin Cook finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
“I think you’re always disappointed with the loss, and I thought we would have a better response in the second half,” Helfer said.
VSU has another chance to get back on track this Saturday as they will host Union University. VSU lost 64-54 to Union the first time they played this season.
At 12-8 and 6-8 in the GSC, VSU currently sits 8th in the conference with six games remaining on their schedule.