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Blazers rebound with victory

  VSU men’s basketball would not be handed defeat once more.   They avoided consecutive losses and defeated West Alabama 83-66 last night.  “Coach instilled on us that we needed a sense of urgency, that we needed to complete games, and compete and last Saturday against West Georgia, we didn’t complete the game, we let it slip away,” Brandon Klunder, guard, said.  ...

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Blazers seventh in first regional rankings

The first regional basketball rankings of the season are out. The Blazers are ranked seventh. Tampa University is ranked first with a 12-1 division II record. Alabama-Huntsville is ranked second with a 17-2 division II record, which includes a double-overtime victory over the Blazers earlier this month. Two more Gulf South Conference schools made the rankings ahead of VSU, as ...

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Blazers riding two-game losing skid

 The Blazers played a breathtaking double overtime game last Saturday against the ninth-ranked Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in the VSU Complex. The game resulted in an 81-77 loss in this top 25 showdown and an overall 14-4 record.  After going all the way to the Elite Eight in the Division II NCAA Tournament last season, VSU graduated seven seniors and left head ...

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New Blazer Gilbert stands above the competition

  This season the VSU basketball team has an asset not many others can call their own.   A man that can stand eye to eye with Shaquille O’Neil.  Reginald Gilbert, a junior criminal justice major, stands at 7 feet and only an inch below Shaq’s listed height of 7 foot-1-inch.  Gilbert transferred to VSU from Daytona State College after playing ...

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Blazers excel with 3-pointers

 Last season, the VSU men’s basketball team mastered all kinds of ways to win basketball games. So far this season, the new-look Blazers are relying heavily on 3-point shooting to get them wins.  After falling to Saint Leo last Friday night in their season opener, the Blazers put together wins on Saturday and Tuesday night over No. 17 Rollins College, ...

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New look Blazers start season with three returners

  The South Region’s best men’s basketball team from last season will hit the court Friday night for the start of a new basketball era at VSU.   The new look VSU Blazers will open up their quest for prominence when they welcome Saint Leo to the VSU Complex.  “I don’t think you ever change your goals,” Mike Helfer, head basketball ...

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VSU basketball season set to start soon

 Beginning Nov. 12, the Blazers will start the season off by playing Saint Leo at 8 p.m.   I am extremely excited for the beginning of the season because VSU school spirit is at its finest.  The students pack the Complex with their red and black attire, while the basketball teams feel the presence of the students as they yell ...

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Blazer hoops has new look

   In 2009, VSU’s men’s basketball team posted the best season in school history. The Blazers won 27 games—15 of which came in a row—and they earned the school’s first ever trip to the NCAA Division II Elite 8 in Springfield, Mass.  However, what happened last season doesn’t matter this season. After all, the Blazers return just three players, Christian ...

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The best of Blazer basketball

It has been one week since the Valdosta State basketball team saw their season come to a close in the Elite 8 round of the Division II NCAA tournament when they fell to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Despite two players, Tyrone Curnell and B.J. Dibble, being dismissed from the team hours before the Elite 8 round game, Valdosta State posted ...

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End of the Road

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.—Just hours before the Valdosta State Blazers saw the best season in school history come to an end with an 80-64 loss to Indiana University (PA), two players were dismissed from the team. The call to dismiss the two players, All-American Tyrone Curnell and Marvin “BJ” Dibble, came from head coach Mike Helfer and VSU athletic director Herb Reinhard ...

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