Nathan Spehr and Brandon Herman combined for 41 points as the University of North Alabama men's basketball team won its second straight Gulf South Conference road game with a 95-79 triumph at Valdosta State on Saturday. Two days after knocking off host West Florida, the Lions extended their winning streak against VSU to 10 consecutive games to improve to 8-11 overall and 5-8 in GSC play.
Spehr, who reached 1,000 career points against West Florida, led all scorers with 21 points and five assists after going 4-for-4 from the free throw line and 3-for-3 from three-point range. The senior also improved his career record to 9-0 against the Blazers.
North Alabama dominated the glass throughout the game, pulling down a 48-33 rebounding advantage. The Lions grabbed 20 offensive boards leading to 29 second-chance points. UNA also held a commanding 50-20 advantage in points in the paint.
UNA took control with an early 30-10 run. Six different players scored for the Lions during the spurt while VSU went 6:48 without a field goal. A dunk by Jere Vucica made the score 30-10 with 9:09 remaining in the first half. North Alabama took a 47-29 lead into the half.
Valdosta State would get no closer than 14 points over the final 20 minutes of play.
Herman reached the 20-point plateau for a team-high fifth time this season. For the second straight game Calvin Dade (16 points, 14 rebounds) and Marcus Landry (12 points, 13 rebounds) notched double-doubles for the Lions. Vucica rounded out the top scorers with 12 points on the night.
James Spencer and Blake Justice led VSU (9-10 overall, 4-9 GSC) with 15 points each.
UNA will return home for its next four GSC games. The Lions will take on West Alabama on Jan. 29, with tip-off set for 8 p.m. at Flowers Hall.