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VSU aims to build on so-so season

Written by: Shane Thomas A 16-12 season certainly will not be remembered as one of head coach Mike Helfer’s greatest seasons. Following another season of roster renovations, this season represents a transition period for the veteran head coach that may propel the Blazers back to prominence next season. On the surface, the Blazers were a Jekyll-and-Hyde bunch much of the ...

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NCAA bracket picks: Who are you?

Written by: Neil Frawley With conference tournaments raging on and selection Sunday only days away, excitement grows. And at 7pm, once all conference tourneys have ended and all 68 teams have been announced, the madness can and will ensue. And when it does, the focus of the sports world will once again turn to the brackets as hopeful souls look ...

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VSU geared up for first-round of tourney

written by: Shane Thomas No. 7 Valdosta State (15-11) takes on No. 2 West Alabama (14-6) in Game A of the Gulf South Conference tournament Thursday. Reminiscent of last season, the Blazers enter the conference tournament having lost their last two regular season games. VSU lost to Christian Brothers 90-73 in the regular season finale. Thursday’s opening game will be ...

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The little man that plays like a giant

written by: Shane Thomas When the Valdosta State men’s basketball team took the floor Nov. 11 for its season opener, there were several new players for fans to become acquainted with. The Blazers were victorious that night led by one of their newcomers, an undersized yet speedy point guard named Larry Stone. Generously listed at 5-feet-10 and weighing in at ...

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Blazers rout conference foe West Georgia

Valdosta State head coach Mike Helfer was more than pleased with his team’s effort Thursday night. And he has every reason to be after a blowout 88-55 victory over foe West Georgia in the P.E. Complex, which completes the regular season sweep.   “We didn’t talk about it but our kids know, and you can see our student section and ...

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Blazers attempt to sweep Wolves

written by: Shane Thomas Valdosta State (13-9) look to improve their standing in the Gulf South Conference when they welcome in-state rival West Georgia (16-9) Thursday night. The Blazers defeated UWG 72-64 in Carrollton, Ga. on Jan. 16. Blazer guard Blake Justice led the team with 25 points and VSU held UWG’s leading scorer Deonta Stocks to only 10 points ...

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Blazers outlast conference foe Union

written by: Shane Thomas Valdosta State used several key defensive stops down the stretch to grind out a 66-63 victory over Union Saturday night. After VSU built a 53-43 lead with 15:34 remaining in the second half on a layup from junior Colin Cook, the Bulldogs stormed back behind the play of freshman Ashanti Day. Day scored seven of his ...

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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 ...

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Blazers battle Lions,Wolves at home

Written by: Shane Thomas  Following a 9-1 start, the Blazers have lost six of their last nine games as they welcome Gulf South Conference rival North Alabama (14-8) to the P.E. Complex Thursday night. The Lions come into Thursday night on a four-game winning streak, while Blazers have lost two in a row following a 73-62 loss to Alabama-Huntsville on ...

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Wheels up to Alabama

written by: Shane Thomas After dousing the Flames in their last outing, Valdosta State (12-5) is on the road looking to tame the West Alabama Tigers (10-8) Thursday night. The Blazers came back from 17-point deficit to cruise past Lee Feb.1. Jalen Crawford scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and Blake Justice, who was dormant most ...

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