Valdosta State men’s basketball falls in heartbreaking Fashion to West Florida

PENSACOLA, FL. (vstateblazers.com) – West Florida’s Wendell Matthews scored a layup with six seconds left on a state visit to Valdosta on Saturday afternoon, a 99-97 heartthrob in extra time. VSU had six double-digit players and a double double from junior Michael Cole with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Juniors Cam Hamilton and Maurice Gordon led the VSU with 19 points each.

Hamilton earned the “and one” following an Argos mistake on the first possession in extra time as he was unable to convert the game by three points. LaTrell Tate scored on the other side for a score of 90-90 with 4:11 left for the Argos. Two good looks from the Blazers on next possession fell short, but freshman Ricky Brown garnered a key rebound and drained a huge trey to a 93-92 lead with two minutes and a substitution remaining in overtime. Dave Petit-Homme scored and took UWF up to 94-93, but young Jacolbey Owens got VSU back up to 95-94 with 1:44 left on two free throws. Tate answered for the Argo with a big trey with 1:21 left for his 21st point of the game at 97-95.

Hamilton was fouled with 24 seconds to go and made both free throws to equalize the game at 97, ahead of Matthews’ winner. The VSU took one last look with two seconds left as Owens’ trey was off target.

The Blazers dropped to 7-7 in the year and 3-4 in the Gulf South Conference game, while the UWF improved to 12-3 overall and 6-2 in the conference game. In a thriller from start to finish, the game saw 18 lead changes and 14 draws as VSU built a 13-point lead in the second half at 65-52, but the UWF made up for the extra-time win. .

Junior Maurice Gordon was eight of 12 from the field with two trey and eight rebounds, while Hamilton was six of 13 from the field with three trey, four of five from the line and three steals. Cole took seven of 12 from the field with three free throws and 12 boards, including seven on the defensive side. Freshman Ricky Brown took down five trey by going five of nine from the field for 15 points, while Owens finished with 14 points and second DJ Mitchell had 13 points.

The UWF had six double-digit players led by Tate’s 21-point record. He was seven out of 17 from the field, three out of nine from distance and four out of four from the line. Dave Petit-Homme finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Jejuan Weatherspoon narrowly missed a double double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Blazers return home to host Delta State and Mississippi College next week for the Hall of Fame weekend. The Blazers and Statesmen will meet on Thursday January 13 at 8pm at The Complex, followed by Mississippi College on January 15 at 4pm

Scoring high in the first four minutes and substitution, the Blazers built a 13-9 lead topped off with a hook shot from Cole. Petit-Homme buried a triple by pulling UWF inside 15-14, but Hook responded with his sixth layup point of the game to a 17-14 lead with 14:18 left in the time. The offensive fireworks continued as an emphatic dunk from Gordon brought the lead to five at 19-14 with 14:06 remaining in the first half when VSU started the match 8 for 12 from the field with two trey, while UWF was 5 for 7 from the field and three 3-pointers.

The UWF drew the game at 22 with 10:15 left on a Tate jumper and the Argos took the lead moments later on a Daniel Sofield jumper, but once again the Blazers give the answer with a layup of the second DJ Mitchell for 24-24 points and 8:52 left in the first half. After a triple from Tate, Gordon responded with one of his own for a 33-31 VSU lead with 6:26 left in the time and his 12th point of the game. The match continued to be a back-and-forth affair over the next four minutes as neither team could gain much advantage.

Weatherspoon gave UWF a 46-45 lead with 2:11 left in the first half. Two free throws from the Blazers and a jumper from Owens put VSU ahead 49-46 with Mitchell’s layup at the Buzzer for a 51-46 lead at half-time, equaling the game’s biggest lead for the Blazers up until that point. moment.

For the time, both teams shot the ball very well as VSU was 19 of 31 from the ground for an average of 61.3, while UWF was 20 of 35 from the field for an average of 57.1. Both teams buried five of the 11 treys and the Blazers were 8 out of 10 from the line, while the UWF was one of the two. There have been seven draws and nine lead changes over time. Mitchell led the way with 13 points in the first half on a perfect five for five from the field with a threey and two free, while Gordon added 12 points for five of six from the field with a threey and one of two from the line. Tate had a 10-point record for the Argos on four out of 10 shots and two out of five from distance.

Brown struck a 56-50 VSU lead with 17:51 left in the game, followed by an offensive foul and a turnover on the Argos. After a brief cold spell for both teams, Cole finished a flush to a 58-50 lead with 16:21 left as VSU opened the second half by scoring seven of the top 11 points. Out of the first media timeout of the first half, Owens led the Rossoneri by ten to 60-50 with 15:51 left and the biggest advantage of the match. Brown continued the hot hand with another trey and a 63-50 lead as VSU extended the run to 12-4 to open the time with just over 14 minutes remaining.

A layup and triple from Sofield quickly got the UWF within 65-57 with 12:49 left, but Blazer Cam Hamilton junior responded with a trey right on the other side for his tenth point of the race and a advantage of 68-57 with less than 12 minutes to play.

Two Argos free throws and a Weatherspoon trey brought UWF 72-66 with 10:21 left. After a miss and block, Weatherspoon followed with a dunk, reducing the VSU lead to 72-68 with 9:31 remaining and a Blazers timeout. A bucket of Argos put them on 72-70 with just over eight minutes to go when the UWF used a 13-5 run from Hamilton’s trey.

Cole, who continued to have outstanding play, took the VSU lead to six with a layup for his 17th point of the game and a 78-72 lead with 7:03 left. Two quick UWF goals brought the Argos, once again, two at 78-76 with five minutes left.

Two free throws outside the timeout equalized the game at 78 and the UWF took their first lead of 1:58 in the first half with a dunk by Darrin Jenkins with 4:51 left, but Gordon had the answer again. for the Blazers and a triple for an advantage of 81-80 with 4:31 from the end.

Two free throws and a Sofield layup gave UWF an 85-81 lead with 3:32 left and Gordon shaved the gap in half with a layup for his 17th point of the game and 2:53 left 85-83. Weatherspoon pushed the back four with a dunk for an 87-83 lead with 2:09 left. Hamilton played big, once again, with another trey that got the VSU inside 87-86 and then stole a pass and scored for an 88-87 lead with 1:14 left when he scored five consecutive points.

Another Hamilton steal gave the Blazers a chance to take the lead, and Owens’ step back missed three seconds at the end of the match as the match went into extra time, 88-88.

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