MVC Men's Basketbal Beats William Woods on the RoadPosted December 16, 2013
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MVC MEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS WILLIAM WOODS ON THE ROAD
Marshall, Mo. (December 16, 2013)- The Missouri Valley College men’s basketball traveled to Fulton, Mo., to play William Woods University. The Vikings were able to pull away for a 69-63 victory, taking both regular season matchups against William Woods.
The Vikings started out in an early hole against Williams Woods, being outscored by a 12-2 margin in the game’s first four minutes. MVC eventually trailed by a 16-6 score just five minutes into the game, before putting together a comeback. The Vikings went on a 12-2 run of their own over a four minute span that was capped off by a Sophomore Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua) field goal at the 11-minute mark to tie the game at 18-18. William Woods was able to maintain a small lead after the Vikings tied the score, until the six minute mark. That’s when a steal by Burton led to a three-point play by Junior Brad Hamilton (Pittsfield, Ill.) that gave MVC its first lead of the game at 26-24. After taking their first lead, the Vikings finished the half by scoring 11 of the final 15 points before halftime to lead William Woods 37-28 at the halftime break. MVC shot over 55-percent in the first half to build up its lead, and forced six William Woods turnovers.
The second half started in similar fashion as the first half, with William Woods putting together a run. The nine point Viking lead was chipped away, until William Woods took at 39-37 lead near the 12-minute mark, after an 11-0 run. MVC’s first field goal of the half came with just under 13-minutes remaining in the game after a Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.) attempt and free throw put MVC back in front 40-39. William Woods was able to briefly retake the lead moments later at 42-40, but MVC took back control of the game from that point. MVC got back out in front with a 9-2 run over a three minute span midway through the second half, capped off by a Junior James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) free throw. The Vikings maintained a slim lead over the next few minutes, until a three point field goal by Hamilton put MVC out in front 62-54 with just under four minutes left in the game. MVC hit five of six free throws in the final two minutes of the game, and held off William Woods for a 69-63 victory.
Leading the way for MVC in the game was Hamilton who finished with 24 points, including five three pointers. Burton finished with his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Also, Lane had nine points and 17 rebounds off the bench. The Vikings held William Woods to just 34.9-percent shooting from the floor, and MVC won the rebounding battle by a 40-37 margin.
The win improves MVC to 8-5 overall and gives the Vikings a season sweep over William Woods, winning the previous matchups against the two teams on Nov. 4, 89-81. William Woods falls to 1-8 on the season.
The Vikings will be off two weeks, and will next play Friends University Tuesday Dec. 31 in a home doubleheader with the women’s team at the Burns Athletic Complex. Women’s tipoff is 2:00 p.m., men’s game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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