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No. 18 Blazers turn back West Georgia, 105-83

Posted at 7:55 PM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 19:55:47-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. — The No. 18 Valdosta State men's basketball team posted its second-straight 100-point game in as many days with a 105-83 victory over rival West Georgia on Saturday afternoon for VSU's 11th-straight victory.

VSU improved to 18-3 overall and 12-2 in Gulf South Conference play, while UWG fell to 6-16 and 4-10 in league play. The Blazers had all five starts in double figures and three players scored 20 or more points, marking the first time that's happened this season. Senior Clay Guillozet had a game-high 27 points on 10 of 15 from the field, while draining a season-high seven triples and recording nine rebounds and seven assists as he got close to a triple-double. Sophomore Imoras Agee added 22 points on 9 of 14 from the field with three triples, while senior Darrell Jones added 21 points on 10 of 14 from the field with seven rebounds and four assists.

The Blazers had another outstanding night offensively, going 44 of 79 from the field for 55.7 percent, while draining 13 treys in 27 attempts (48.1) and went just 4 of 8 from the line. VSU held a 44-3 5 lead in rebounding and a 19-6 lead in points off turnovers, forcing 10 UWG miscues, while VSU had just six turnovers.

The Wolves shot 43.8 percent on 32 of 73 from the field. UWG was 11 of 20 from range and had four starters in double figures led by 18 points from Michael Zabetakis and 18 from Seth Brown-Carter. UWG was 8 of 9 from the line.

Over 1,300 elementary school students were on hand for the doubleheader today for Reader Appreciation Day. VSU had its largest crowd of the season at 2,572 as it also was Pink Out game and "Play for Kay" Day.

VSU used a 13-0 run for a 24-11 lead capped with a layup from Jones with 11:39 left in the first half. UWG pulled within nine at 28-19 with 7:51 left in the half, but the Blazers had the answer once again, using an 8-1 run for a 36-20 lead with 5:50 left on an emphatic dunk from senior Bryce Smith.

Guillozet put VSU up 18 with a trey with 4:15 left in the first half, but a mini run from the Wolves pulled UWG within 50-38 at halftime.

For the half, VSU shot 55.3 percent on 21 of 38 from the field, with five treys. Jones led the way with 15 points and Guillozet added 14 points. VSU blew open the game early in the second half as it stretched the lead to 71-49 with 15:09 left. The Blazers led by as many as 23 in the second half and went on for the 105-83 victory. It was the third-straight win over UWG and the eighth in the last nine meetings.

The Blazers return to the road at Mississippi College and Delta State next week, before returning home for the final two home games of the regular season home games of the year against Montevallo (Feb. 20) and West Alabama (Feb. 22).