MVC Basketball Splits Road Doubleheader with EvangelPosted February 27, 2014
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MVC VIKINGS BASKETBALL SPLITS ROAD DOUBLEHEADER WITH EVANGEL
Marshall, Mo. (February 27, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Springfield, Mo., for a doubleheader with Evangel University. The MVC women’s team went into overtime but won on a last second shot 60-59. The men’s team led throughout much of the game, but fell to No. 19 Evangel 63-59.
Evangel got out to an early lead in the women’s team, holding a five point advantage at 9-4 inside the first four minutes of the contest. The Crusaders were able to extend its lead even further, holding a 17-9 lead midway through the half. MVC was able to cut into the lead, trailing by just four points at 17-13 after a three-point field goal from Senior Forward Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.) with eight minutes to play in the first half. Evangel was able to stretch the lead out to seven points at 20-13 with just over five minutes to play before halftime, but the Vikings finished the half strong. MVC whittled the Evangel lead to just two points at 22-20 after a three-point field goal from Junior Guard Paris Johnson (Kansas City, Kan.) with less than three minutes in the half. Evangel was able to hold off any MVC attempt to take a lead, and the Crusaders went into halftime with a 28-25 lead. MVC limited Evangel to just 32-percent shooting in the first half, forcing the Crusaders into nine turnovers. MVC also led the rebounding battle by a 19-16 margin.
Evangel maintained the lead early in the second half, putting MVC into a six point deficit at 35-29 minutes after the restart. The Vikings responded with their best stretch of play to that point, scoring eight-straight points over a four minute stretch that gave MVC its first lead at 37-35 after a Morales field goal. The Crusaders scored five straight points of their own from that point and briefly took a 40-37 lead midway through the half. Both teams traded baskets over the next few possessions, leading to a 43-43 tie with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation. The Vikings were able to grab its largest lead after scoring eight of the next ten points to go up 51-45 with 5:30 to play after two free throws from Junior Guard TaLaya Earls (Indianapolis, Ind.). MVC maintained a lead through the final minutes of the game, but MVC scored just two points over the final five minutes of the game and a last second field goal by Evangel resulted in a 53-53 tie, sending the game into overtime.
MVC began the overtime period with first field goal from Morales, and led by a 57-55 score midway through overtime. Evangel was able to take the lead with one minute to play at 58-57. After a series of missed shots, fouls and turnovers, the Vikings trailed by a 59-57 score with seconds remaining. After Evangel hit a free throw to go up by two, the Vikings inbounded the ball, and Junior Guard DJ Jenkins (Fresno, Calif.) sank a three-point attempt as time expired, giving MVC a 60-59 victory.
Morales led MVC with her twelfth double-double, setting a career-high in points scored. Morales finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Also in double-digits was Earls with 10 points and six rebounds.
The win improves MVC to 18-11 overall and 10-7 in HAAC play. Evangel falls to 8-19 on the season and 5-12 in conference play.
The Viking men’s basketball team got out to an early lead, thanks to an early three-point field goal by Junior Brad Hamilton (Pittsfield, Ill.) to open up the scoring. MVC eventually led by an 11-6 score with a field goal by Junior James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) three minutes gone in the first half. Evangel responded by scoring seven of the next eleven points in the game to take its first lead at 15-13 at the 12-minute mark. The Vikings took control of the game from that point, and went on a 14-2 run over the next six minutes, capped off by a three-point play by Junior Andre Scott (San Antonio, Texas) to put MVC on top 27-17. After Evangel chipped MVC’s lead to 27-20, the Vikings built its largest lead of the game at 32-20 with two minutes until halftime with another Hamilton three-point field goal. Evangel ended the half scoring the final four points, but MVC into the halftime break holding a 32-24 lead. The Vikings shot over 46-percent in the first half, while limiting Evangel to just 30-percent shooting.
MVC maintained its lead in the early stages of the second half, leading by as many as 11 points at 37-26 after Hamilton hit another of his five three-point field goals in the game. The Vikings still held a 10-point lead at 43-33 near the 13-minute mark before Evangel put together a run. The Crusaders put together a 19-2 run over a six minute span midway through the half to run a double-digit deficit into a 52-45 lead with seven minutes remaining in the game. MVC was able to chip away at the Evangel lead, trimming it to just two points at 56-54 after Sophomore Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua) connected on two free throws. However, the Vikings were unable to get any closer in the final minutes of the game. The Vikings had a last-minute three point attempt by Senior Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.) that would have tied the game, but Evangel made three of four free throws in the closing seconds of the game to hold off any Viking rally late in the game. The Vikings fell to Evangel 63-59.
The Vikings were led by Hamilton who finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Scott also finished with 15 points and four rebounds while Burton added 13 points and five rebounds. MVC forced Evangel into 14 turnovers, while the Vikings created 14 assists.
The loss drops MVC to 15-13 overall and 8-9 in HAAC play. Evangel improves to 21-8 on the season and 12-5 in conference.
The MVC basketball teams will close out the regular season Saturday hosting Baker University in a doubleheader on Senior Day. The women’s game tips off at 2 p.m., the men’s game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. The Baker women’s team is ranked No. 13 in the NAIA Women’s Basketball Division I Coaches’ Poll.
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