2018-19 Basketball

Virginia State bounces back, advances in D2 Regional tournament

CIAA Tournament VSU

The Trojans had a slow start, but bounced back and dominated the second half to win the opening round of the D2 Atlantic Regional tournament.

It’s not how you start, but how you finish, right Trojans? #3 Virginia State recovered from an underwhelming beginning and won 89-81 over #6 Notre Dame (OH) in the first round of the D2 Atlantic Regional tournament.

VSU couldn’t get anything to fall and found themselves trailing 12-0 with 14:35 left in the first half. a 17-8 run from the Trojans closed the trail to three points, and back-to-back three-pointers took the 23-22 lead over NDC with 4:47 before the half. NDC didn’t go away, but the Trojans were hot and went into halftime with a five point lead, up 35-30.

The game tied up at 42 with just under 17 minutes left in regulation, but VSU came out of the half on fire. VSU opened up a 21-point lead and sat comfortably ahead 71-50 with 7:10 to go. In the midst of this attack the Trojans put up 15 unanswered; they did not allow NDC to put up a basket for over three minutes. NDC managed to cut the trail to six points with under a minute remaining, but free throws secured VSU’s 89-81 victory.

Brandon Holley led the Trojans in scoring with 18 points off the bench. The Trojans will keep dancing in the D2 tournament and face the winner of #2 West Liberty and #7 East Stroudsburg on Sunday, time to be announced.


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