Men's Basketball Beats Central Methodist at the Buzzer in OT

Posted February 28, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (February 28, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s basketball team traveled to Fayette, Mo., Tuesday evening for a first round game in the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament against Central Methodist (Mo.) University.  The Vikings trailed for much of the second half, but got a Junior Remy Price (Chicago, Ill.) field goal to force the game into overtime, then Price won the game at the buzzer, 88-87.


The game opened with the two teams sitting in a 3-3 tie with just over two minutes played.  Missouri Valley followed with a 9-0 run over the next two minutes, opening up a 12-3 lead.  Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas) had five points and Price added another four points during the stretch.  The Vikings gradually added to their lead, opening up a double-digit advantage with just over seven minutes played in the game when a Junior Tim Washington (Bellwood, Ill.) field goal made the score 20-10.  The lead stretched out to 22-10 moments later on a Junior Darryl Lemear (Manor, Texas) field goal.  The teams traded points over the next several minutes, but Missouri Valley maintained a 28-19 advantage with just over eight minutes remaining in the half.  Central Methodist then went on a run, and outscored Missouri Valley by a 10-0 margin over the next two minutes.  The Eagles eventually built a 37-31 lead with two minutes to play before the break, but Missouri Valley scored the final five points of the half, all from Senior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.) to trail by one-point at the break, 37-36.  The Vikings shot over 46-percent in the half and held a 19-14 edge in rebounding.


Central Methodist came out after the break and built up a double-digit lead.  The Eagles outscored Missouri Valley by a 15-2 margin over the opening five minutes of the half, to put MVC in a 52-38 deficit.  The Vikings still trailed by a 55-43 score near the 13-minute mark, but Missouri Valley put together a run.  The Vikings scored nine-straight points, including a three-pointer from Lemear and four points from Price, to pull back to a 55-52 score near the midway point of the second half.  The Eagles gradually added to its lead over the next five minutes, and put MVC in a 67-57 deficit with just over five minutes to play in the half.  Missouri Valley put together another run, this time outscoring CMU by a 13-2 margin over a four-minute stretch.  Lemear scored seven points and Price capped off the run with a field goal to give MVC a brief 70-69 lead.  Central Methodist reclaimed the lead on its next possession, and held a 74-71 advantage with nine-seconds on the clock.  Price hit a field goal, which was followed by Central Methodist hitting one of two free throw attempts.  The Vikings worked quickly, and Price hit the game-tying layup just before the final buzzer to extend the game into overtime, tied at 75-75.


The overtime period opened in favor of Central Methodist, as the Eagles held an 81-77 lead at the three-minute mark.  Missouri Valley scored the next five points, helped by a three-point play from Freshman Tavious Brazil (Boonville, Mo.) and a go-ahead field goal from Price.  The two teams traded points over the final two minutes, but Missouri Valley trailed, 87-86 with three-seconds on the clock.  Price got off a shot just before time expired, and hit his attempt, giving Missouri Valley an 88-87 win.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Price who scored a career-high 30 points, and added nine rebounds.  Lemear finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Brazil came off the bench to score 12 points and Washington added 10 points off the bench.  Gronewold added 11 points and six assists.  Missouri Valley shot over 52-percent in the second half and overtime period, and 50-percent in the game.  The Vikings also forced CMU into 12 turnovers and held a 41-32 advantage in rebounding.


The win moves Missouri Valley to 14-16 on the season, while Central Methodist sees its season end at 17-14.


Up next for Missouri Valley is a trip to No. 2 seed Grand View (Iowa) University for a quarterfinal game Thursday at 7 p.m., in Des Moines, Iowa.  Missouri Valley lost to Grand View on the road, Jan. 7, by an 84-76 score, but upset the No. 24 Grand View, Feb. 18, 103-101 in overtime, thanks to a record-tying 45 points from Gronewold.




Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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