MVC Basketball Sweeps Peru State in Doubleheader

Posted January 11, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (January 11, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Peru State College at the Burns Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader. The women’s team pulled away from Peru State late in the second half for an 82-73 win, while the men’s team dominated much of its game en route to a 79-61 win.


The Viking women’s basketball team took control of the game early in the first half. After briefly trailing by one point in the early stages of the game, the Vikings went on an 8-0 run over a three minute stretch that erased a one point deficit and stretched the MVC lead to 12-5, with the run capped off by Senior Guard Regine Mecenario (Delano, Calif.) scoring two of her five points. The Vikings maintained a lead through much of the rest of the first half, but Peru was able to chip away at the MVC lead. The Bobcats eventually retook a one point lead with just over two minutes to play before halftime. However, the Vikings responded and went on an 8-0 run over a period of less than one minute capped off by a Sophomore Guard Julia Vasquez (Earth, Texas) three-point field goal to give MVC a 35-28 lead. The Vikings eventually went into the halftime break with a 38-33 lead after Senior Guard Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.) hit a three-point field goal just seconds before the halftime buzzer. MVC forced Peru into eight turnovers, and the Vikings shot over 41-percent in the first half.


MVC worked quickly in the second half, eventually extending its lead to eight points at 43-35 a little over two minutes after the restart. Peru responded, and went on a 10-0 run over a three-minute span early in the second half to turn the eight point deficit, into a two point lead. MVC was able to tie the game up at 45-45 with two free throws from Senior Forward Gabby Lovelace (Pleasant Hill, Mo.), but The Vikings would not regain the lead until midway through the half. With just over 10-minutes to play in the game, MVC grabbed the lead at 52-50 after Junior Guard DeVaughna Jenkins (Fresno, Calif.) scored two of her eight points. MVC eventually grew its lead to 61-52 with just over eight minutes, but Peru was able to pull back to within one points at 64-63 late in the game, but that’s as close as the Bobcats would get. The Vikings held off Peru State in the final minutes, and pulled away for an 82-73 win.


Leading the way for MVC was Morales who recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds, with three assists and three steals. Lovelace finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while Junior Guard TaLaya Earls (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Sophomore Guard Rayna Smith (St. Louis, Mo.) each had 10 points. The Vikings forced Peru into 18 turnovers and MVC won the rebounding battle 52-41.


The win moves MVC to 10-7 overall and 2-3 in HAAC play. Peru falls to 3-12 on the season and 1-4 in the conference.


The men’s team got out to a quick start in its matchup with Peru, scoring 11 of the game’s first 12 points to grab an 11-1 lead just three minutes into the contest. The hot start was capped off by Junior James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) scoring two of his nine points. Peru responded, and went on a quick 8-2 run that shrunk MVC’s double-digit lead to just four points with 13-minutes to play in the half. MVC was able to maintain the lead, however, but Peru did get to within two points at 22-20 with just under 10-minutes to play in the first half. MVC responded, and turned the two point lead into a 10-point advantage by outscoring Peru 16-8 over a nearly eight minute span late in the first half with Junior Brad Hamilton (Pittsfield, Mo.) hitting a three-point field goal to cap the run at 38-28. Hamilton hit another three-pointer, this time as the clock expired and MVC went into the halftime break with its largest lead at 41-29. MVC shot over 55-percent in the first half, and created 10 turnovers.


The Vikings wasted little time in building on its double-digit lead when play resumed in the second half. MVC eventually pushed its lead to 17 points at 49-32 with 16-minutes to play off another three-point field goal from Hamilton. The two teams traded baskets over a stretch midway through the second half, but MVC was able to extend its lead to its largest point, 56-38 after Freshman Jacob Fletcher (Springfield, Mo.) scored two of his four points with 11-minutes to play in the game. Peru was able to cut MVC’s lead to 13-points with a little more than eight minutes remaining in the game, but that’s as close as they would get. MVC eventually pushed its lead to 19 points with five minutes to play, and a Lane three-point field goal with just over two minutes remaining in the game gave MVC its first 20-point lead at 75-55. MVC eventually came away with a 79-61 victory, its second-straight in conference play.


Leading the way for MVC was Hamilton who scored 26 points shooting 8 of 13 from the field and 7 of 11 in three-point attempts. The 26 points for Hamilton was a career-best, and his sixth game this season with over 20 points. Also in double-figures was Senior Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.) who had 14 points and four assists while Sophomore Jacob Powell (Marshfield, Mo.) came off the bench to score 11 points on 4 of 4 shooting from the field. The Vikings shot just under 57-percent from the field, which is the highest for the team since shooting 58-percent in a 73-69 win over Benedictine College on Feb. 20, 2012. MVC also shot over 50-percent on three-point attempts and forced Peru into 13 turnovers.


The win moves MVC to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in HAAC play, while Peru falls to 6-8 on the season and 2-3 in the conference.


MVC will next play in a HAAC doubleheader with Culver-Stockton College on the road in Canton, Mo., Thursday evening. Women’s game tips-off at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.



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