Viking Men's Basketball Falls at Mount Mercy in Tournament Semifinals

Posted March 4, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (March 4, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s basketball team played at Mount Mercy (Iowa) University Saturday evening in the semifinal round of the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament.  The No. 10 seeded Vikings score 49 points in the second half, but fell to No. 3 seeded Mount Mercy, 91-74.

 

Missouri Valley took an early lead, as Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas) opened the game with a field goal just over one minute into the contest.  However, Missouri Valley was unable to score again for a nearly five-minute stretch.  Mount Mercy went on a 9-0 run over that time, and opened a 9-2 lead.  Senior Marcellis Beard (Richfield, Minn.) ended the drought with a three-pointer, but Mount Mercy answered to build a 14-5 advantage with just over 12-minutes to play in the first half.  Senior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.) scored his first field goal on Missouri Valley’s next possession, but MMU scored five-straight points to build a 19-7 lead near the midway point of the half.  The Vikings got the deficit down to single-digits, at 21-12, with a field goal from Junior Darryl Lemear (Manor, Texas), but Mount Mercy followed with a 9-0 run to hold a 30-15 lead with seven minutes to play before the break.  The MVC deficit grew to 20-points for the first time, at 35-15, near the five-minute mark, and the Vikings went into the break trailing Mount Mercy, 46-25.  Missouri Valley shot just 28-percent in the half, but forced Mount Mercy into seven turnovers. 

 

Missouri Valley came out and shot 50-percent in the second half, scoring 49 points.  Gronewold scored 15 point in the half, while Price added 12 points.  However, Missouri Valley never got its deficit any smaller than at 16 points, 87-71, with just over one minute to play in the game.  The Vikings fell to Mount Mercy, 91-74, ending the team’s run in the conference tournament.

 

Missouri Valley was led by Gronewold, who scored 17 points in his final game at Missouri Valley.  Gronewold finishes his career with 1059 points scored as a Viking.  Price added 12 points, while both Lemear and Beard chipped in with 11 points.  The Vikings forced Mount Mercy into 22 turnovers.

 

The loss ends Missouri Valley’s season at 15-17.  The Vikings had won three-straight road games in conference tournament play to reach the semifinals.  Mount Mercy improves to 21-10, and will meet No. 2 William Penn (Iowa) University in the tournament championship game Tuesday in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

 

 

 

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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