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January 18, 2014

Blazers close out road trip at Shorter


Atlanta — Blazers look to

gain momentum

 Valdosta State closes out its four-game road trip Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the Blazers visit Shorter in Rome, Ga. for a Gulf South Conference

match-up at the Winthrop-King Centre.

After droppings its three previous road games, Valdosta State is coming off a 72-64 victory at West Georgia Thursday evening, a victory that snapped a five-game losing streak in road games in GSC play which dated back to last season.

The Blazers shot 46.0 percent from the field against the Wolves and relied upon a stingy defense that held UWG to 33.3 percent shooting.

Valdosta State enters the game averaging 80.7 points per game while allowing 75.8 percent. The Blazers shoot 42.5 percent from the field while holding opponents to 41.9 percent shooting.

Blake Justice scored 25 points at West Georgia and now leads the Blazers with 15.0 points per game while Jalen Crawford scores 14.5 and Jeremy McKay 13.8. David Murray tallied 14 rebounds against the Wolves, his 11th game this season with double-digit rebounds and now leads the GSC and stands 12th nationally in rebounding at 10.8 per game.

Scouting the Hawks

One of the top offensive programs in the Gulf South Conference, Shorter has tallied a record of 6-8 on the season while averaging 86.0 points per game. The Hawks, who are 3-5 in GSC play, are particularly successful at home, where they have gone 5-2 while out-scoring opponents 90.9 to 80.6.

Shorter features a talented roster that sees five players average double figures in points, led by Dedric Ware, who has also dished out 60 assists, at 19.5 per game. Kurtis Woods follows at 14.1 and Jordan Jacks averages a double-double with 14.1 points and 10.1 rebounds an outing. Brandon Pullman contributes 12.4 points a game and Travis Jones 10.1 while also leading the team in assists with 64.

The Hawks have topped the 100-point barrier three times this year and have scored at least 90 points in six of their 14 contests. As a team, SU shoot 46.7 percent from the field and holds opponents to 43.1 percent. However, the hot shooting doesn't translate to the free throw line, where Shorter connects on just 59.6 percent of its attempts.

A Quick Look at the GSC

Delta State continues to lead the conference as it is now 13-2 overall and 6-1 in league play while West Alabama follows at 9-5 and 6-2. Valdosta State (10-3 overall), Christian Brothers (8-5) and Union (8-5) are tied for third at 4-3 in conference action while North Alabama (9-6) and Alabama-Huntsvillle (7-7) are sixth at 3-4. West Georgia (10-6) and Shorter (6-8) are tied for eighth at 3-5 while Lee (6-7) and West Florida (3-10) are 2-5.

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