MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Ricky Coleman scored 24 points to lead Valdosta State’s mens basketball team to an 81-66 Gulf South Conference victory over Montevallo Monday evening.

The first half was close throughout. The Falcons (11-15, 4-7) used an 8-2 run over a span of 2:30 to build a 16-10 advantage. Terrill Humphrey opened the run with a three, before Brian Carlyle added a jumper. After Coleman cut the VSU deficit back to three points with a basket, Eric Turner added a three for the six-point UM lead.

VSU (16-10, 7-4) fought back, scoring the next eight points to regain the lead. Ray Cummings wrapped a pair of baskets around a Coleman lay-in to tie the game, then Jamahl Stokes put Valdosta State in front with a dunk with 10:06 to go in the first half.

Montevallo regained a four-point advantage, only to have the Blazers close the half on an 11-4 run, and built a 42-39 halftime lead. DeAndre Washington and Devario Hudson gave VSU the lead with a pair of threes, before Cummings hit a free throw. Stephan Walton’s jumper at the buzzer gave Valdosta State its three-point halftime advantage.

The Blazers never trailed in the second half. They scored 15 of the first 23 points of the frame to build a 10-point advantage. Coleman scored 12 of the 15 points, including the final six on a three-point play and a three-pointer, to put VSU up 57-47 with 14:07 to go in the contest.

The Falcons cut the deficit to four over the next two minutes, only to have Tristan Crawford score five straight points for the Blazers to up the VSU lead back to nine. The Valdosta State lead hovered between nine and 14 over the next eight minutes, before the Blazers closed the game on a 10-4 spurt.

In addition to Coleman’s big game, Crawford added 13 points, while Hudson and Cummings scored 10 each.

for the Blazers, who shot 51.5 percent from the floor in the game. VSU blocked five shots in the game, including four from Stokes, and owned a 42-32 advantage in rebounding.

Humphrey tallied 21 points to lead the Falcons, while Turner had 16 and Hewitt 11. The Falcons shot just 39 percent from the floor.

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