Valdosta, Ga. - The Chargers shot the lights out against No. 8 Valdosta State on Saturday night, but the Blazers survived the UAH onslaught and claimed their 10th consecutive win 85-76. The loss snapped a seven game winning streak for the Chargers, who fell to 14-5 and 3-1 in the conference. VSU improved to 18-2 and 4-0 with the win.
The Chargers were amazing offensively on the night, shooting 63% from the field. In the first half, the Chargers were 18-of-23 for nearly 79%. UAH missed their first shot, but hit the next 10 fieldgoals, including four 3-pointers, building a 13-point lead. But, VSU made a late run to close the score to 44-38 at the half.
The Blazers quickly closed the gap in the second half and when Ricardo Lewis scored a layup with 16:05 left, it gave VSU a 47-46 lead. Later, with the score tied at 49-all, Kevin Harris nailed a 3-pointer to give the Blazers a 52-49 lead and they wouldn't trail again.
The Chargers stayed in the hunt down the stretch, but the Blazers fought off each attack. Tyler Hanback dropped in a jumper with 4:11 left to trim the Blazers lead to 71-67. However, Tyrone Curnell answered with a 3-pointer, followed by a dunk to smother the last rally for the Chargers.
Hanback did hit another 3-pointer with 2:11 left to cut the lead to six, but that was quickly answered by a 3-pointer from Christian Hunter and a jumper by Lewis which gave VSU their largest lead of the game at 83-72 with less than a minute left.
Harris paced VSU with 20 points, while Lewis scored 17 and Curnell 16.