There’s no place like home and for VSU Men’s Basketball, that statement couldn’t be truer.
Currently, the Blazers hold a 13-2 record this season which places them No. 2 in the Gulf South Conference standings. The Blazers grabbed win No. 13 in a 101-78 rout of the Mississippi State Choctaws on Tuesday night.
The Complex was energized from beginning to end as junior guard Winston Morgan scored a game high of 27 points, all of which coming from a three-point range.
Morgan credited all his points to his teammates for getting him open shots.
“We are very unselfish,” Morgan said. “We all know we can shoot it, so I am just glad I was on the other end of those assists.”
The offense was certainly on the shoulders of Morgan, but other players contributed greatly as 6’-11” senior center Justin McBride scored a career high of 20 points. Also, senior KJ James notched the game’s only double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Although the Blazers have reached the mid-point of regular season play, it has not slowed them down at the Complex. The Blazers have racked up eight victories and zero loses at home so far as the schedule starts to get stiffer.
Head Coach Mike Helfer understands the importance of winning for the home crowd.
“The competition is going to get tougher, but we are capable of putting together huge nights at home at any given time,” Helfer said.
Over the course of the Blazers streak at the Complex, the team averages 114 points per game, 15 three-pointers made per game and just under 20 assists per game. The offensive performance at home is remarkable leaving opponents with their hands full when entering the hardwood.
The Blazers have only allowed about 94 points at the Complex, swatting away five blocks per contest.
Of the eight-game home stand, the game that jumps out the most was the thriller against Montevallo. The Blazers found themselves battling far past than four quarters of regulation as the game went into triple overtime.
The game ended with a 139-135 victory for the Blazers.
Junior Beau Justice has been the brightest spot for the Blazers thus far as he is ranked No. 5 in the GSC for scoring per game with 19.3. During the home streak, Justice has averaged 22 points per contest with about three made three pointers.
The Blazers next game will be a road test against Christian Brothers University. Tip off will start at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Written by Prince Robinson Jr., Staff Writer. Photo by Juston Lewis, Sports Editor.
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