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Versatility key as Blazers advance to semifinals

Valdosta State knew the top seed in the tournament came with expectations. Montevallo gave it their all, but it wasn’t enough to knock off the Blazers in their final home game of the season. After a slow start, the Blazers found themselves down 11-4 early against the Falcons, a team VSU beat by 31 two weeks earlier. After the media ...

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Blazers blast Statesmen as Owens joins 1,000-point club

It just seemed nothing could go wrong for the Blazers against Delta State. With the latest Hall of Fame class and stars such as Kenny Moore in attendance, the Blazers (14-8, 10-6 Gulf South Conference) put on a show. VSU led wire-to-wire as they blasted the Statesmen (6-13, 5-11 GSC) 93-44 to snap a two-game losing skid. However, perhaps the ...

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Boser’s big night powers Blazers past West Alabama

Sophomore forward Caden Boser just couldn’t be stopped against West Alabama. Boser’s 24 points on 9-14 shooting helped lead the Blazers (12-6, 8-4 Gulf South Conference) past the Tigers (13-3, 9-3 GSC), 96-84. Head coach Mike Helfer credited Boser’s decision making to help create a favorable matchup inside the paint. “He [Boser] was really able to score it on the ...

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VSU’s comeback halted late in loss to West Florida

The Blazers (8-6, 4-4 Gulf South Conference) had a costly turnover late in their 82-78 loss to the West Florida Argonauts (7-5, 3-5 GSC). VSU, now 2-4 in their last six games, made their best attempt at a comeback despite trailing most of the game Sunday night. Senior guard Jacolby Owens helped fuel that comeback and took over the offense ...

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Scorching hot shooting leads Blazers past Shorter

The Blazers just couldn’t seem to miss against Shorter. Led by senior guard Mohamed Fofana’s 26 points, five assists and three steals, the Blazers (4-2, 2-0 Gulf South Conference) blew past the Hawks (2-3, 1-1 GSC) 101-62. Head coach Mike Helfer noted Fofana’s growth as a player, saying how he’s blossomed in his final season. “Last year, I felt like ...

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Blazers aim high for 2022-23 season

The VSU men’s basketball team is making their final preparations as the season draws near. The Blazers will tip off their season in the Division II Tip Off Classic in Lakeland, Florida, against Lincoln Memorial on Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. and then Hillsdale College on Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. The Blazers come into the new season after going ...

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Photos: Inside Blazer Madness

The VSU men’s and women’s basketball teams showcased their talents ahead of their upcoming seasons in Blazer Madness on Oct. 27 in The Complex. The event, which was open to the public, was kicked off by remarks from head coaches Mike Helfer and Deandra Schirmer. Players from both teams were also introduced and spoke during the event.   The men’s ...

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Four must-watch second weekend NCAA tournament games

March Madness is in full swing in the NCAA Tournament, with upsets happening on a nightly basis. Teams such as Saint Peter’s and Richmond have made their presence known, busting millions of brackets in one game. The field in down to just 16 teams, and with that, the games become more important as teams fight for survival. With the remaining ...

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Four must-watch games for the first week of the NCAA Tournament

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means for fans of collegiate sports: It’s March Madness. It’s time for the NCAA tournament, brackets, upsets and Cinderella stories. The official bracket for the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament was released Sunday, and here are four must-watch potential matchups for the first two rounds of the tournament. ...

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Owens blossoms in second year with Blazers

In Jacolbey Owens’ second year playing basketball at VSU, he has blossomed into the Blazers leading scorer, but the 6’1 junior guard plays for much more than points. “I have three nieces back at home, and they really look up to me,” Owens said. “So every day when I go in and go out, I think of them.” They certainly ...

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