PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Keith Clemons' offense combined with George Dixon's defense propelled fourth-ranked Vincennes University to a 75-41 victory over Fort Scott, Kan., in the Mineral Area Classic on Friday.
Clemons came off the bench to net five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points for the Trailblazers (9-0). It was the defense in the second half, led by Dixon's numerous steals, that allowed VU to break away. The Blazers held the Greyhounds to 15 second-half points, and opened the half with a 28-4 bulldozer.
"We let up a few times in the first half and instead of a 16-20 point lead, it was 10," Blazers coach Todd Franklin said. "The first 10 minutes of the second half, we played really hard. We took them out with our defense, which is what we needed to do.
"George was impactful with his defense, and he wasn't gambling with his steals either. It was him being in the right spot, plus he rebounds too," Franklin said. "We got a better effort from Hugo (Mbumba)."
Fort Scott (5-4) was paced by Tyler Zinn, who had 16 of his 22 points in the opening half.
The Blazers scored the first eight points after intermission, punctuated by a pair of Rodney Culver dunks, to balloon the lead to 44-26. VU scored 19 consecutive points later in the half to grab a 64-30 advantage.
The Blazers continue play in the Mineral Area Classic, taking on Roane State, Tenn., at 4 p.m. today.