Blazers Comeback Falls Short in Crosstown Shootout
CANAL WINCHESTER, OH - The OCU Trailblazers got down early and were never able to recover on Tuesday night in a crosstown shootout with OCAC rival, Valor Christian College. Valor opened up the game with a 15-4 run in the opening 3:30 and went 22 of 26 (.846) from the free line in the contest as they went on to win 86-77.
OCU went into halftime trailing 39-28 and went down by as many as 16 at one point before rallying back with a 10-2 run that was capped off by a Kenny Cooper alley-oop slam dunk in transition off of a pass by Wesley Russell. That dunk brought OCU to within 6 points but Valor responded on the ensuing possession with a quick basket to push the lead to 8 points.
The Blazers continued to fight back but were unable to get the necessary stops they needed on defense to chip away at the Valor lead. OCU was forced to foul in the closing minutes but Valor was hitting from the line, as they hit 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to shut the door on the OCU comeback.
OCU struggled from the charity stripe, shooting 15 of 27 (.555) from the free throw line in the contest. The Blazers were led by Wesley Russell who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. James Nelson and Mo Fall chipped in 13 points and 12 points recpectvely in the post. Tirrell Cumberland scored 10 points and Delorean Glanton scored 9 points for OCU. Kenny Cooper was big off of the bench as he tallied 7 points and 6 rebounds while going 3 of 3 from the field.
The Blazers are back in action on Monday when they take on Boyce College in Lousiville, KY. The game is set for a 5:00PM tipoff.