Red-hot shooting not enough to cool 8th-ranked Blazers

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.

Hanback had 16 points to lead UAH. He was 7-for-8 from the field, including two 3-pointers. Josh Magette and Elliott Jones each scored 13 points, while Cody Jones tallied 10.

Harris paced VSU with 20 points, while Lewis scored 17 and Curnell 16.

The Chargers look to rebound when they return to Spragins Hall to host West Alabama on Saturday, Jan. 30.