Courtesy of VSU athletics:
CARROLLTON, Ga. – Valdosta State survived a tight one against West Georgia, 58-57, to move to 19-2 on the season and 5-0 in the Gulf South. Tyrone Curnell scored 23 points in the win while Marvin Dibble brought down 15 rebounds.
The Blazers fell behind 7-0 early, but Kevin Harris hit a three-pointer to start the scoring for VSU. Curnell hit a free throw, and Harris tossed it ahead to Billy McShepard for points on a fast break. Then Curnell made an impressive move on the baseline to finish with a dunk to bring VSU within four, 12-8.
Trailing 21-17, Christian Hunter made a steal and tossed it ahead to Curnell for the dunk. After that, Curnell scored in the post to tie it at 21 with just under six minutes left. Then the Blazers took the lead on two Curnell free throws.
The teams kept it close throughout the rest of the half, and the Blazers went to the break trailing by one, 31-30.
Three and a half minutes into the second half, Valdosta State regained the lead on a Dibble put back, 35-33. Two minutes later, Tristan Crawford hit a lay-up from Harris, then Harris hit two free throws. But West Georgia fought back to tie it again at 39 with just under 13 minutes left to play.
Curnell scored a bucket in the post book ended by two baskets from Harris to claim VSU's largest lead of the night, 45-39. Again, the Wolves battled back to pull within one, 49-48 on a three-pointer from Gavin Field with less than five minutes left.
With just 1:50 left to play, clinging to a one-point lead, 55-54, Ricardo Lewis drew a foul from Brett Seljak in the lane. He hit the first free throw, but missed the second. However, the ball went out of bounds off West Georgia.
Valdosta State went to its bread and butter all night, Curnell. He delivered with a basket from the pivot to make it 58-54. Lewis committed a foul on the ensuing possession, but Seljak could only make one.
The Blazers could not score on their next possession so West Georgia had the ball with 13 seconds left down by three. After a deep three, Seljak scored on a put back to make it a one-point game with 2.1 seconds left. West Georgia would not see the ball again as VSU claimed a 58-57 lead.
CARROLLTON, Ga. – Valdosta State notched the team's eighth win in a row with a 54-38 victory over West Georgia Saturday night. The win moves Valdosta State to 12-7 and 4-0 in the Gulf South while West Georgia drops to 8-13 and 1-4 in the GSC.
Michelle Thompson led the way with 15 points while Sierra Nixon crashed the boards for 13 rebounds. The only player to score double digits for West Georgia was Whitley Mayberry with 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Blazers dominated in the paint with 20 points. They also scored 16 points off turnovers and 12 second chance points. Valdosta State also shot well. The team ended the game shooting 40 percent overall and an eye-popping 47.1 percent from deep. The VSU defense held West Georgia to just 22.2 percent shooting and even less from three-point range.
Valdosta State jumped out to an early 8-0 lead sparked by two three-pointers from Thompson. The Wolves pulled within four, but Thompson jumpstarted the Lady Blazers again.
She stole the ball and finished with the lay-up on the other end. After that, Amanda Haven scored a lay-up from Thompson, and then Leschelle Matthews hit a spot up three. Nixon made a steal and finished the fast break by herself to push the lead to 17-4 and force the second timeout from West Georgia.
Two more free throws from Nixon made it 19-4 until the Wolves' Anelia Murray scored their first basket in four minutes to make it 19-6. Valdosta State bounced back to push the score to 29-12 to force a third timeout from West Georgia in the first half.
West Georgia and Valdosta State both proved why they are two of the top three defenses in the Gulf South Conference, as the first half finished with VSU leading, 29-16.
Valdosta State scored 11 points in the first five minutes of the second half while keeping West Georgia scoreless. The Lady Blazers pushed the lead to 40-16 before Renate Lopez hit a three in the corner for the Wolves.
The Lady Blazers went on to score five more points before the halfway point of the second half, while West Georgia could only score seven points in the first 10 minutes of the half. Thomassian Wyatt did hit a three-pointer to make it 45-26 with just under nine minutes left to play.
After that, the teams traded baskets throughout the rest of the game to end it at 54-38.