Men's Basketball Upsets No. 22 Grand View to Advance in Conference Tournament

Posted March 2, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (March 2, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s basketball team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to play No. 22 Grand View (Iowa) University in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament quarterfinal round.  The Vikings held double-digits leads in the second half, and eventually pulled off a 93-88 upset victory.

 

The game opened with both teams trading points in the first few minutes of play.  Junior Darryl Lemear (Manor, Texas) gave MVC a brief 4-2 lead, while Senior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.) hit a field just past the 18-minute mark to pull Missouri Valley even with GVU, at 6-6.  Grand View responded with four-straight points, opening a 10-6 lead, but Missouri Valley used a field goal from Junior Remy Price (Chicago, Ill.) and a pair of Sophomore Bobby Collins (St. Louis, Mo.) free throws to tie the contest at 10-10 with five minutes played.  Grand View reclaimed the lead, and eventually built up a 26-20 advantage near the midway point of the half.  Missouri Valley responded, and scored eight-straight points, capped off by a Gronewold three-pointer, to grab a 28-26 advantage with just over nine minutes remaining before the break.  Grand View came back to take a brief 29-28 lead, but Missouri Valley went on a 7-0 run to open a 35-29 lead with seven minutes to play in the half.  Gronewold opened the run with a field goal, followed by three points from Junior Tim Washington (Bellwood, Ill.) and another field goal from Price.  The MVC lead grew to 42-34 with just over four minutes left in the first half, after a three-pointer from Sophomore Josh King (Alexandra, La.).  Missouri Valley maintained a lead through the final minutes of the half, with a Lemear field goal to give MVC a 52-33 lead at the break.  Missouri Valley shot 55-percent in the first half and forced GVU into 12 turnovers.

 

The second half started with field goals from Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas) and Gronewold to stretch the advantage out to 56-44.  Missouri Valley maintained a double-digit lead, and made the score 65-51 after a Price three-point play with five minutes played after the break.  Grand View cut its deficit down to single-digits just over one-minute later, but Price hit a field goal to put MVC in front 67-56.  Grand View then began to chip away, and got to within a 67-63 score with just over 11-minutes to play in the game.  Missouri Valley followed with a 7-2 run over the next two minutes, getting five points from Washington and another field goal from Obineke to hold a 74-65 lead.  Grand View responded with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to tie the contest at 76-76.  A pair of free throws from Washington and a field goal from Price gave MVC the lead, at 80-67 with six minutes left on the clock.  Grand View tied the score again, two minutes later, at 80-80.  Missouri Valley scored six-straight points, thanks to a three-point play from Price and a three-point field goal from Gronewold, to hold an 86-80 score with under three minutes to play.  Grand View got its deficit down to as little as three points in the final moments of the game, but Missouri Valley hit five free throws in the final minute to close out a 93-88 upset win, and advance to the conference tournament semifinal round.

 

Gronewold led the team with 30 points on 10 of 20 shooting.  He also came down with five rebounds.  Price finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Washington scored 18 points and Obineke added 10 points.  Missouri Valley shot over 55-percent in the game, and limited Grand View to just 40-percent shooting in the second half.  Missouri Valley also forced GVU into 16 turnovers.

 

The win improves Missouri Valley to 15-16 on the season, while Grand View falls to 20-10.

 

Missouri Valley, which entered the conference tournament as the No. 10 seed, will now travel to No. 3 seeded Mount Mercy (Iowa) University for the Heart Postseason Tournament semifinal round.  The game will be played Saturday at 7 p.m., in Dubuque, Iowa.  Missouri Valley lost to Mounty Mercy at home back on Nov. 28, 77-75, and fell at Mount Mercy, 104-101 in overtime, Jan. 25.

 

 

About Missouri Valley College

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 www.moval.edu.

 



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